The Interactive Evolution of Human Communication Systems

@article{Fay2010TheIE,
  title={The Interactive Evolution of Human Communication Systems},
  author={Nicolas Fay and Simon Garrod and Leo J. Roberts and Nik Swoboda},
  journal={Cognitive science},
  year={2010},
  volume={34 3},
  pages={
          351-86
        }
}
This paper compares two explanations of the process by which human communication systems evolve: iterated learning and social collaboration. It then reports an experiment testing the social collaboration account. Participants engaged in a graphical communication task either as a member of a community, where they interacted with seven different partners drawn from the same pool, or as a member of an isolated pair, where they interacted with the same partner across the same number of games… CONTINUE READING

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