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  1. How Culture and Biology Interact to Shape Language and the Language Faculty.Kenny Smith - 2018 - Topics in Cognitive Science 12 (2):690-712.
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  • Drift as a Driver of Language Change: An Artificial Language Experiment.Rafael Ventura, Joshua B. Plotkin & Gareth Roberts - 2022 - Cognitive Science 46 (9).
    Cognitive Science, Volume 46, Issue 9, September 2022.
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  • How Did Language Evolve? Some Reflections on the Language Parasite Debate.Tzu-wei Hung - 2019 - Biological Theory 14 (4):214-223.
    The language parasite approach refers to the view that language, like a parasite, is an adaptive system that evolves to fit its human hosts. Supported by recent computer simulations, LPA proponents claim that the reason that humans can use languages with ease is not because we have evolved with genetically specified linguistic instincts but because languages have adapted to the preexisting brain structures of humans. This article examines the LPA. It argues that, while the LPA has advantages over its rival, (...)
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  • Overcoming Individual Limitations Through Distributed Computation: Rational Information Accumulation in Multigenerational Populations.Mathew D. Hardy, Peaks M. Krafft, Bill Thompson & Thomas L. Griffiths - 2022 - Topics in Cognitive Science 14 (3):550-573.
    Topics in Cognitive Science, Volume 14, Issue 3, Page 550-573, July 2022.
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  • Simultaneity as an Emergent Property of Efficient Communication in Language: A Comparison of Silent Gesture and Sign Language.Anita Slonimska, Asli Özyürek & Olga Capirci - 2022 - Cognitive Science 46 (5):e13133.
    Cognitive Science, Volume 46, Issue 5, May 2022.
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  • When Do Languages Use the Same Word for Different Meanings? The Goldilocks Principle in Colexification.Thomas Brochhagen & Gemma Boleda - 2022 - Cognition 226:105179.
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  • Amount of Learning and Signal Stability Modulate Emergence of Structure and Iconicity in Novel Signaling Systems.Vera Kempe, Nicolas Gauvrit, Nikolay Panayotov, Sheila Cunningham & Monica Tamariz - 2021 - Cognitive Science 45 (11):e13057.
    Cognitive Science, Volume 45, Issue 11, November 2021.
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  • Category Clustering and Morphological Learning.John Mansfield, Carmen Saldana, Peter Hurst, Rachel Nordlinger, Sabine Stoll, Balthasar Bickel & Andrew Perfors - 2022 - Cognitive Science 46 (2):e13107.
    Cognitive Science, Volume 46, Issue 2, February 2022.
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  • Phonotactically Probable Word Shapes Represent Attractors in the Cultural Evolution of Sound Patterns.Nikolaus Ritt & Theresa Matzinger - 2022 - Cognitive Linguistics 33 (2):415-446.
    Words are processed more easily when they have canonical phonotactic shapes, i.e., shapes that are frequent both in the lexicon and in usage. We explore whether this cognitively grounded constraint or preference implies testable predictions about the implementation of sound change. Specifically, we hypothesise that words with canonical shapes favour, or ‘select for’, sound changes that produce words with the same shapes. To test this, we investigate a Middle English sound change known as Open Syllable Lengthening. OSL lengthened vowels in (...)
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  • Inferring Behavior From Partial Social Information Plays Little or No Role in the Cultural Transmission of Adaptive Traits.Mark Atkinson, Kirsten H. Blakey & Christine A. Caldwell - 2020 - Cognitive Science 44 (10).
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  • Five Ways in Which Computational Modeling Can Help Advance Cognitive Science: Lessons From Artificial Grammar Learning.Willem Zuidema, Robert M. French, Raquel G. Alhama, Kevin Ellis, Timothy J. O'Donnell, Tim Sainburg & Timothy Q. Gentner - 2020 - Topics in Cognitive Science 12 (3):925-941.
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  • From Context to Code: Information Transfer Constrains the Emergence of Graphic Codes.James Winters & Olivier Morin - 2019 - Cognitive Science 43 (3):e12722.
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  • Characterizing the Dynamics of Learning in Repeated Reference Games.Robert D. Hawkins, Michael C. Frank & Noah D. Goodman - 2020 - Cognitive Science 44 (6).
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  • Languages Are Efficient, but for Whom?Sean Trott & Benjamin Bergen - 2022 - Cognition 225:105094.
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  • Instantaneous Systems of Communicative Conventions Through Virtual Bargaining.Jennifer Misyak & Nick Chater - 2022 - Cognition 225:105097.
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  • The Interactive Origin of Iconicity.Mónica Tamariz, Seán G. Roberts, J. Isidro Martínez & Julio Santiago - 2018 - Cognitive Science 42 (1):334-349.
    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 participant dyads who played an interactive communicative game and 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 Communication condition, but not in the Reproduction condition, words for spiky shapes tend (...)
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  • Iconicity and Diachronic Language Change.Padraic Monaghan & Seán G. Roberts - 2021 - Cognitive Science 45 (4):e12968.
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  • Chunk‐Based Memory Constraints on the Cultural Evolution of Language.Erin S. Isbilen & Morten H. Christiansen - 2018 - Topics in Cognitive Science 12 (2):713-726.
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  • Iconicity and the Emergence of Combinatorial Structure in Language.Tessa Verhoef, Simon Kirby & Bart Boer - 2016 - Cognitive Science 40 (8):1969-1994.
    In language, recombination of a discrete set of meaningless building blocks forms an unlimited set of possible utterances. How such combinatorial structure emerged in the evolution of human language is increasingly being studied. It has been shown that it can emerge when languages culturally evolve and adapt to human cognitive biases. How the emergence of combinatorial structure interacts with the existence of holistic iconic form-meaning mappings in a language is still unknown. The experiment presented in this paper studies the role (...)
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  • Using Experimental Research Designs to Explore the Scope of Cumulative Culture in Humans and Other Animals.Christine A. Caldwell - 2018 - Topics in Cognitive Science 12 (2):673-689.
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  • The Role of Social Network Structure in the Emergence of Linguistic Structure.Limor Raviv, Antje Meyer & Shiri Lev‐Ari - 2020 - Cognitive Science 44 (8).
    Social network structure has been argued to shape the structure of languages, as well as affect the spread of innovations and the formation of conventions in the community. Specifically, theoretical and computational models of language change predict that sparsely connected communities develop more systematic languages, while tightly knit communities can maintain high levels of linguistic complexity and variability. However, the role of social network structure in the cultural evolution of languages has never been tested experimentally. Here, we present results from (...)
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  • The Cultural Evolution of Structured Languages in an Open‐Ended, Continuous World.W. Carr Jon, Smith Kenny, Cornish Hannah & Kirby Simon - 2017 - Cognitive Science 41 (4):892-923.
    Language maps signals onto meanings through the use of two distinct types of structure. First, the space of meanings is discretized into categories that are shared by all users of the language. Second, the signals employed by the language are compositional: The meaning of the whole is a function of its parts and the way in which those parts are combined. In three iterated learning experiments using a vast, continuous, open-ended meaning space, we explore the conditions under which both structured (...)
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  • Individual Differences in Learning Abilities Impact Structure Addition: Better Learners Create More Structured Languages.Tamar Johnson, Noam Siegelman & Inbal Arnon - 2020 - Cognitive Science 44 (8).
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  • Noise, Economy, and the Emergence of Information Structure in a Laboratory Language.Jon S. Stevens & Gareth Roberts - 2019 - Cognitive Science 43 (2):e12717.
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  • The Influence of Shared Visual Context on the Successful Emergence of Conventions in a Referential Communication Task.Thomas F. Müller, James Winters & Olivier Morin - 2019 - Cognitive Science 43 (9).
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  • Conceptual Similarity and Communicative Need Shape Colexification: An Experimental Study.Andres Karjus, Richard A. Blythe, Simon Kirby, Tianyu Wang & Kenny Smith - 2021 - Cognitive Science 45 (9):e13035.
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  • The Philosophical Interpretation of Language Game Theory.Nick Zangwill - 2021 - Journal of Language Evolution 6 (2):136–153.
    I give an informal presentation of the evolutionary game theoretic approach to the conventions that constitute linguistic meaning. The aim is to give a philosophical interpretation of the project, which accounts for the role of game theoretic mathematics in explaining linguistic phenomena. I articulate the main virtue of this sort of account, which is its psychological economy, and I point to the casual mechanisms that are the ground of the application of evolutionary game theory to linguistic phenomena. Lastly, I consider (...)
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  • Coevolution of Lexical Meaning and Pragmatic Use.Thomas Brochhagen, Michael Franke & Robert van Rooij - 2018 - Cognitive Science 42 (8):2757-2789.
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  • Evolutionary stability of ambiguity in context signaling games.Roland Mühlenbernd - 2021 - Synthese 198 (12):11725-11753.
    In Lewisean signaling games with common interests, perfect signaling strategies have been shown to be optimal in terms of communicative success and evolutionary fitness. However, in signaling game models that involve contextual cues, ambiguous signaling strategies can match up to or even outperform perfect signaling. For a minimalist example of such a context signaling game, I will show that three strategy types are expected to emerge under evolutionary dynamics: perfect signaling, partial ambiguity and full ambiguity. Moreover, I will show that (...)
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  • Semantics of the Barwise Sentence: Insights From Expressiveness, Complexity and Inference.Dariusz Kalociński & Michał Tomasz Godziszewski - 2018 - Linguistics and Philosophy 41 (4):423-455.
    In this paper, we study natural language constructions which were first examined by Barwise: The richer the country, the more powerful some of its officials. Guided by Barwise’s observations, we suggest that conceivable interpretations of such constructions express the existence of various similarities between partial orders such as homomorphism or embedding. Semantically, we interpret the constructions as polyadic generalized quantifiers restricted to finite models. We extend the results obtained by Barwise by showing that similarity quantifiers are not expressible in elementary (...)
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  • A Cultural Evolution Approach to Digital Media.Alberto Acerbi - 2016 - Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 10.
  • Interactive Semantic Alignment Model: Social Influence and Local Transmission Bottleneck.Dariusz Kalociński, Marcin Mostowski & Nina Gierasimczuk - 2018 - Journal of Logic, Language and Information 27 (3):225-253.
    We provide a computational model of semantic alignment among communicating agents constrained by social and cognitive pressures. We use our model to analyze the effects of social stratification and a local transmission bottleneck on the coordination of meaning in isolated dyads. The analysis suggests that the traditional approach to learning—understood as inferring prescribed meaning from observations—can be viewed as a special case of semantic alignment, manifesting itself in the behaviour of socially imbalanced dyads put under mild pressure of a local (...)
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  • Zipf’s Law of Abbreviation and the Principle of Least Effort: Language Users Optimise a Miniature Lexicon for Efficient Communication.Jasmeen Kanwal, Kenny Smith, Jennifer Culbertson & Simon Kirby - 2017 - Cognition 165:45-52.
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  • Subtle Implicit Language Facts Emerge From the Functions of Constructions.Adele E. Goldberg - 2015 - Frontiers in Psychology 6.
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  • The Paradox of Isochrony in the Evolution of Human Rhythm.Andrea Ravignani & Guy Madison - 2017 - Frontiers in Psychology 8.
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  • Developmental Constraints on Learning Artificial Grammars with Fixed, Flexible and Free Word Order.Iga Nowak & Giosuè Baggio - 2017 - Frontiers in Psychology 8.
  • Simplicity and Specificity in Language: Domain-General Biases Have Domain-Specific Effects.Jennifer Culbertson & Simon Kirby - 2015 - Frontiers in Psychology 6.
  • A World Unto Itself: Human Communication as Active Inference.Jared Vasil, Paul B. Badcock, Axel Constant, Karl Friston & Maxwell J. D. Ramstead - 2020 - Frontiers in Psychology 11.
  • A Computational Model of the Cultural Co-Evolution of Language and Mindreading.Marieke Woensdregt, Chris Cummins & Kenny Smith - 2020 - Synthese 199 (1-2):1347-1385.
    Several evolutionary accounts of human social cognition posit that language has co-evolved with the sophisticated mindreading abilities of modern humans. It has also been argued that these mindreading abilities are the product of cultural, rather than biological, evolution. Taken together, these claims suggest that the evolution of language has played an important role in the cultural evolution of human social cognition. Here we present a new computational model which formalises the assumptions that underlie this hypothesis, in order to explore how (...)
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  • Self Domestication and the Evolution of Language.James Thomas & Simon Kirby - 2018 - Biology and Philosophy 33 (1-2):9.
    We set out an account of how self-domestication plays a crucial role in the evolution of language. In doing so, we focus on the growing body of work that treats language structure as emerging from the process of cultural transmission. We argue that a full recognition of the importance of cultural transmission fundamentally changes the kind of questions we should be asking regarding the biological basis of language structure. If we think of language structure as reflecting an accumulated set of (...)
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  • The Evolution of Linguistic Rules.Matthew Spike - 2017 - Biology and Philosophy 32 (6):887-904.
    Rule-like behaviour is found throughout human language, provoking a number of apparently conflicting explanations. This paper frames the topic in terms of Tinbergen’s four questions and works within the context of rule-like behaviour seen both in nature and the non-linguistic domain in humans. I argue for a minimal account of linguistic rules which relies on powerful domain-general cognition, has a communicative function allowing for multiple engineering solutions, and evolves mainly culturally, while leaving the door open for some genetic adaptation in (...)
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  • What Makes a Language Easy to Learn? A Preregistered Study on How Systematic Structure and Community Size Affect Language Learnability.Limor Raviv, Marianne de Heer Kloots & Antje Meyer - 2021 - Cognition 210:104620.
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  • Construction Grammar for Monkeys?Michael Pleyer & Stefan Hartmann - 2020 - Evolutionary Linguistic Theory 2 (2):153-194.
    In recent years, multiple researchers working on the evolution of language have put forward the idea that the theoretical framework of usage-based approaches and Construction Grammar is highly suitable for modelling the emergence of human language from pre-linguistic or proto-linguistic communication systems. This also raises the question of whether usage-based and constructionist approaches can be integrated with the analysis of animal communication systems. In this paper, we review possible avenues where usage-based, constructionist approaches can make contact with animal communication research, (...)
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  • The Emergence of Word-Internal Repetition Through Iterated Learning: Explaining the Mismatch Between Learning Biases and Language Design.Mitsuhiko Ota, Aitor San José & Kenny Smith - 2021 - Cognition 210:104585.
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  • Williams Syndrome, Human Self-Domestication, and Language Evolution.Amy Niego & Antonio Benítez-Burraco - 2019 - Frontiers in Psychology 10.
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  • Linking Adult Second Language Learning and Diachronic Change: A Cautionary Note.Vera Kempe & Patricia J. Brooks - 2018 - Frontiers in Psychology 9.
  • Lack of Selectivity for Syntax Relative to Word Meanings Throughout the Language Network.Evelina Fedorenko, Idan Asher Blank, Matthew Siegelman & Zachary Mineroff - 2020 - Cognition 203:104348.
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  • The Regularity Game: Investigating Linguistic Rule Dynamics in a Population of Interacting Agents.Christine Cuskley, Claudio Castellano, Francesca Colaiori, Vittorio Loreto, Martina Pugliese & Francesca Tria - 2017 - Cognition 159:25-32.
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