Selection dynamics in language form and language meaning

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    Abstract

    This paper describes evolutionary dynamics in language and presents a genetic framework of language akin to those of Croft (2000) and Mufwene (2001), where language is a complex system that inhabits, interacts with and evolves in communities of human speakers. The novelty of the present framework resides in the separation between form (phonology and syntax) and meaning (semantics), which are described as two different selection systems, connected by symbolic association and by probabilistic encoding of information.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on the Evolution of Language
    EditorsAngelo Cangelosi, Andrew D. M. Smith, Kenny Smith
    PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing
    Pages341-347
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Electronic)978-981-4478-62-5
    ISBN (Print)978-981-256-656-0
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    Event6th International Conference on the Evolution of Language - Rome, Italy
    Duration: 12 Apr 200615 Apr 2006

    Conference

    Conference6th International Conference on the Evolution of Language
    Abbreviated titleEvoLang 6
    CountryItaly
    CityRome
    Period12/04/0615/04/06

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