Iterated learning: a framework for the emergence of language

Kenny Smith, Simon Kirby, Henry Brighton

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Abstract

Language is culturally transmitted. Iterated learning, the process by which the output of one individual's learning becomes the input to other individuals' learning, provides a framework for investigating the cultural evolution of linguistic structure. We present two models, based upon the iterated learning framework, which show that the poverty of the stimulus available to language learners leads to the emergence of linguistic structure. Compositionality is language's adaptation to stimulus poverty.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-86
Number of pages16
JournalArtificial Life
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Linguistics
Language
Cultural Evolution

Keywords

  • Language
  • Learning/physiology
  • Neural Networks (Computer)

Cite this

Smith, Kenny ; Kirby, Simon ; Brighton, Henry. / Iterated learning : a framework for the emergence of language. In: Artificial Life. 2003 ; Vol. 9, No. 4. pp. 371-86.
@article{0f81862eb1914afbb170b31d43c09fc9,
title = "Iterated learning: a framework for the emergence of language",
abstract = "Language is culturally transmitted. Iterated learning, the process by which the output of one individual's learning becomes the input to other individuals' learning, provides a framework for investigating the cultural evolution of linguistic structure. We present two models, based upon the iterated learning framework, which show that the poverty of the stimulus available to language learners leads to the emergence of linguistic structure. Compositionality is language's adaptation to stimulus poverty.",
keywords = "Language, Learning/physiology, Neural Networks (Computer)",
author = "Kenny Smith and Simon Kirby and Henry Brighton",
year = "2003",
doi = "10.1162/106454603322694825",
language = "English",
volume = "9",
pages = "371--86",
journal = "Artificial Life",
issn = "1064-5462",
publisher = "M I T PRESS",
number = "4",

}

Iterated learning : a framework for the emergence of language. / Smith, Kenny; Kirby, Simon; Brighton, Henry.

In: Artificial Life, Vol. 9, No. 4, 2003, p. 371-86.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - Iterated learning

T2 - a framework for the emergence of language

AU - Smith, Kenny

AU - Kirby, Simon

AU - Brighton, Henry

PY - 2003

Y1 - 2003

N2 - Language is culturally transmitted. Iterated learning, the process by which the output of one individual's learning becomes the input to other individuals' learning, provides a framework for investigating the cultural evolution of linguistic structure. We present two models, based upon the iterated learning framework, which show that the poverty of the stimulus available to language learners leads to the emergence of linguistic structure. Compositionality is language's adaptation to stimulus poverty.

AB - Language is culturally transmitted. Iterated learning, the process by which the output of one individual's learning becomes the input to other individuals' learning, provides a framework for investigating the cultural evolution of linguistic structure. We present two models, based upon the iterated learning framework, which show that the poverty of the stimulus available to language learners leads to the emergence of linguistic structure. Compositionality is language's adaptation to stimulus poverty.

KW - Language

KW - Learning/physiology

KW - Neural Networks (Computer)

U2 - 10.1162/106454603322694825

DO - 10.1162/106454603322694825

M3 - Article

C2 - 14761257

VL - 9

SP - 371

EP - 386

JO - Artificial Life

JF - Artificial Life

SN - 1064-5462

IS - 4

ER -