Introduction. Self-organization and selection in cultural language evolution

@inproceedings{Steels2012IntroductionSA,
  title={Introduction. Self-organization and selection in cultural language evolution},
  author={Luc L. Steels},
  year={2012}
}
This chapter outlines the main challenges a theory for the cultural evolution of language should address and proposes a particular theory which is worked out and explored in greater detail in the remaining chapters of this book. The theory rests on two biologically inspired mechanisms, namely selection and self-organization, mapped onto the cultural, more specifically, linguistic domain. Selectionism is an alternative to rational top-down design. It introduces a distinction between… 

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