Learning and the Evolution of Language: The Role of Cultural Variation and Learning Costs in the Baldwin Effect

@article{Munroe2002LearningAT,
  title={Learning and the Evolution of Language: The Role of Cultural Variation and Learning Costs in the Baldwin Effect},
  author={Steve Munroe and Angelo Cangelosi},
  journal={Artificial Life},
  year={2002},
  volume={8},
  pages={311-339}
}
The Baldwin effect has been explicitly used by Pinker and Bloom as an explanation of the origins of language and the evolution of a language acquisition device. This article presents new simulations of an artificial life model for the evolution of compositional languages. It specifically addresses the role of cultural variation and of learning costs in the Baldwin effect for the evolution of language. Results show that when a high cost is associated with language learning, agents gradually… CONTINUE READING

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