Learning , Bottlenecks and Infinity : a working model of the evolution of syntactic communication

  title={Learning , Bottlenecks and Infinity : a working model of the evolution of syntactic communication},
  author={Simon Kirby},
Humanlanguageis uniquein having a learned,arbitrarymappingbetweenmeaningsandsignalsthat is compositional andrecursi ve. This paperpresentsa new approachto understandingits origins andevolution. Ratherthanturning to naturalselectionfor an explanation,it is arguedthat generalpropertiesof the transmissionof learnedbehaviour are sufficient to explain theparticularpropertiesof language.A computational modelof linguistic transmissionis described in which complex structuredlanguagesspontaneouslyemerge… CONTINUE READING
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