The Inferential Transmission of Language

@article{Smith2005TheIT,
  title={The Inferential Transmission of Language},
  author={Andrew D. M. Smith},
  journal={Adaptive Behavior},
  year={2005},
  volume={13},
  pages={311 - 324}
}
Language is a symbolic, culturally transmitted system of communication, which is learnt through the inference of meaning. In this paper, I describe the importance of meaning inference, not only in language acquisition, but also in developing a unified explanation for language change and evolution. Using an agent-based computational model of meaning creation and communication, I show how the meanings of words can be inferred through disambiguation across multiple contexts, using cross… 

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