Emergence of Communication and Language

Emergence of Communication and Language

Paperback(Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2007)

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Old questions on the origins of language and communication are illuminated here in new, state-of-the-art research.

This volume brings together studies from diverse disciplines, showing how they can inform and stimulate each other. It includes work in linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, anthropology and computer science. New empirical work is reported on both human and animal communication, using some novel techniques that have only recently become viable.

A principal theme is the importance of studies involving artificial agents, their contribution to the body of knowledge on the emergence of communication and language, and the role of simulations in exploring some of the most significant issues. A number of different synthetic systems are described, demonstrating how communication can emerge in natural and artificial organisms. Theories on the origins of language are supported by computational and robotic experiments.

Worldwide contributors to this volume include some of the most influential figures in the field, delivering essential reading for researchers and graduates in the area, as well as providing fascinating insights for a wider readership.

Caroline Lyon is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire. Her research and publications include work on the evolution of language, speech recognition, applications of neural networks and textual analysis. Chrystopher L. Nehaniv is Research Professor of Mathematical and Evolutionary Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire and Director of the U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Network on Evolvability in Biological and Software Systems. Angelo Cangelosi is Reader in Artificial Intelligence and Cognition at the University of Plymouth. He is the editor of Simulating the Evolution of Language (Springer, 2002).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849966108
Publisher: Springer London
Publication date: 11/05/2010
Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2007
Pages: 438
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.04(d)

Table of Contents

From the contents

Current Work and Open Problems.- Section 1: Empirical Investigations on Human Language. "Needs only" Analysis in Linguistic Ontogeny and Phylogeny. Clues from Information Theory Indicating a Phased Emergence of Grammar. Emergence of a Communication System.-Distributed Language.- Section 2: Synthesis of Communication and Language in Artificial Systems. The Recruitment Theory of Language Origins. Communication in Natural and Artificial Organisms. From Vocal Replication to Shared Combinatorial Speech Codes. Lexical Acquisition with and without Metacommunication. Agent Based Modelling of Communication Costs. Language Change and the Inference of Meaning. Language, Perceptual Categories and their Interaction.- Section 3: Insights from Animal Communication. A Possible Role for Selective Masking in the Evolution of Complex, Learned Communication Systems The Natural History of Human Language. Neural Substrates for String-Context Mutual Segmentation.

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