Modelling Social Structures and Hierarchies in Language Evolution
Citation:Modelling Social Structures and Hierarchies in Language Evolution, Max Bramer, Miltos Petridis and Adrien Hopgood, Research and Development in Intelligent Systems XXVII, London, Springer, 2010, 49 - 62, Martin Bachwerk and Carl Vogel
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Language evolution might have preferred certain prior social configurations over others. Experiments conducted with models of different social structures (varying subgroup interactions and the role of a dominant interlocutor) suggest that having isolated agent groups rather than an interconnected agent is more advantageous for the emergence of a social communication system. Accordingly, distinctive groups that are closely connected by communication yield systems less like natural language than fully isolated groups inhabiting the same world, while the addition of a dominant male who is asymmetrically favored as a hearer, and equally likely to be a speaker has no positive influence on the disjoint groups.
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