The emergence of simple languages in an experimental coordination game.

  title={The emergence of simple languages in an experimental coordination game.},
  author={Reinhard Selten and Massimo Warglien},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={104 18},
We investigate in a series of laboratory experiments how costs and benefits of linguistic communication affect the emergence of simple languages in a coordination task when no common language is available in the beginning. The experiment involved pairwise computerized communication between 152 subjects involved in at least 60 rounds. The subjects had to develop a common code referring to items in varying lists of geometrical figures distinguished by up to three features. A code had to be made… CONTINUE READING

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