The Interactive Origin of Iconicity

  title={The Interactive Origin of Iconicity},
  author={Monica Tamariz and Se{\'a}n G. Roberts and J. Isidro Mart{\'i}nez and Julio Santiago},
  journal={Cognitive science},
  volume={42 1},
We investigate the emergence of iconicity, specifically a bouba-kiki effect in miniature artificial languages under different functional constraints: when the languages are reproduced and when they are used communicatively. We ran transmission chains of (a) participant dyads who played an interactive communicative game and (b) individual participants who played a matched learning game. An analysis of the languages over six generations in an iterated learning experiment revealed that in the… CONTINUE READING

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