521-Class 5

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Language Evolution: Empirical approaches[edit]

Readings: Kirby et al. (2008).

Study Questions[edit]

  • What does this sentence mean? (Bottom right, p10685): "In particular, language faces the problem of being reproducible from a subsample."
  • What is iterated learning?
  • What is compositionality?
  • How does iterated learning produce compositionality? Why?
  • How does the experimental approach of the sort used by the authors help us understand the evolution of language?