The role of anticipation in the emergence of language

Samarth Swarup, Les Gasser

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Abstract

We review some of the main theories about how language emerged. We suggest that including the study of the emergence of artificial languages, in simulation settings, allows us to ask a more general question, namely, what are the minimal initial conditions for the emergence of language? This is a very important question from a technological, viewpoint, because it is very closely tied to questions of intelligence and autonomy. We identify anticipation as being a key underlying computational principle in the emergence of language. We suggest that this is in fact present implicitly in many of the theories in contention today. Focused simulations that address precise questions are necessary to isolate the roles of the minimal initial conditions for the emergence of language.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnticipatory Behavior in Adaptive Learning Systems
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Brains to Individual and Social Behavior
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Pages35-56
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9783540742616
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
Event3rd Workshop on Anticipatory Behavior in Adaptive Learning Systems, ABiALS 2006 - Rome, Italy
Duration: Sep 30 2006Sep 30 2006

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4520 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other3rd Workshop on Anticipatory Behavior in Adaptive Learning Systems, ABiALS 2006
CountryItaly
CityRome
Period9/30/069/30/06

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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