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Syntax without Natural Selection: How compositionality emerges from vocabulary in a population of learners

Syntax without Natural Selection: How compositionality emerges from vocabulary in a population of learners,Simon Kirby

Syntax without Natural Selection: How compositionality emerges from vocabulary in a population of learners   (Citations: 105)
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this paper I put forward a new approach to understanding the origins of some of thekey ingredients in a syntactic system. I show, using a computational model, that compositionalsyntax is an inevitable outcome of the dynamics of observationally learned communicationsystems. In a simulated population of individuals, language develops from a simpleidiosyncratic vocabulary with little expressive power, to a compositional system with highexpressivity, nouns and verbs, and word order expressing...
Published in 1998.
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