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ERIC Number: ED470454
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 356
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ISBN: ISBN-0-521-66299-0
Linguistic Evolution through Language Acquisition: Formal and Computational Models.
Briscoe, Ted, Ed.
This collection of papers examines how children acquire language and how this affects language change over the generations. It proceeds from the basis that it is important to address not only the language faculty per se within the framework of evolutionary theory, but also the origins and subsequent development of languages themselves, suggesting that languages evolve via cultural rather than biological transmission on a historical rather than genetic timescale. Ten papers include: (1) "Introduction" (Ted Briscoe); (2) "Learned Systems of Arbitrary Reference: The Foundation of Human Linguistic Uniqueness" (Michael Oliphant); (3) "Bootstrapping Grounded Word Semantics" (Luc Steels and Frederic Kaplan); (4) "Linguistic Structure and the Evolution of Words" (Robert Worden); (5) "The Negotiation and Acquisition of Recursive Grammars as a Result of Competition among Exemplars" (John Batali); (6) "Learning, Bottlenecks and the Evolution of Recursive Syntax" (Simon Kirby); (7) "Theories of Cultural Evolution and their Application to Language Change" (Partha Niyogi); (8) "The Learning Guided Evolution of Natural Language" (William J. Turkel); (9) "Grammatical Acquisition and Linguistic Selection" (Ted Briscoe); and (10) "Expression/Induction Models of Language Evolution: Dimensions and Issues" (James R. Hurford). (Papers contain references.) (SM)
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
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Language: English
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