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Learning and the Evolution of Language: The Role of Cultural Variation and Learning Costs in the Baldwin Effect

Steve Munroe, Angelo Cangelosi
2002 Artificial Life  
It specifically addresses the role of cultural variation and of learning costs in the Baldwin effect for the evolution of language.  ...  The Baldwin Effect has been explicitly used as an argument for the explanation of the origins of language and the language acquisition device (Pinker & Bloom, 1990) .  ...  Acknowledgements Angelo Cangelosi has been partially supported by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC Grant: GR/N01118).  ... 
doi:10.1162/106454602321202408 pmid:12650643 fatcat:4rowkpntpber5dnezbnu2mplly

Language evolution and the Baldwin effect

Yusuke Watanabe, Reiji Suzuki, Takaya Arita
2008 Artificial Life and Robotics  
We use the model in a combined framework of cultural learning and genetic evolution.  ...  When analyzing the interaction between evolution and learning, one of the most important aspects is the cost of learning, because the second step of the Baldwin effect can not occur, if learning is ideal  ...  The Baldwin effect, which is the focus of this paper, explains the interaction between evolution and learning in general by paying attention to balances between benefit and cost of learning through the  ... 
doi:10.1007/s10015-007-0443-y fatcat:njpc2wsopjdc3hrqptfxnujbta

Relaxation of Selection, Niche Construction, and the Baldwin Effect in Language Evolution

Hajime Yamauchi, Takashi Hashimoto
2010 Artificial Life  
Deacon has suggested that one of the key factors of language evolution is not characterized by an increase in genetic contribution, often known as the Baldwin effect, but rather by a decrease.  ...  we use genetic assimilation as an abstract mechanism of the Baldwin effect (and as such, somewhat interchangeable with it), there are confusions over the clear distinction of these two terms.  ...  Acknowledgments The authors thank the anonymous reviewers for providing detailed comments and productive suggestions for improving the clarity of this article.  ... 
doi:10.1162/artl_a_00006 pmid:20662598 fatcat:agmdah2epngujbya4q2kr67x5u

Naming Game and Computational Modelling of Language Evolution

Dorota Lipowska
2011 Computational Methods in Science and Technology  
Genetic imprinting of the learning abilities progresses through the Baldwin effect: initially linguistically unskilled agents learn a language, which creates a niche where there is an evolutionary pressure  ...  It shows that the speed of cultural changes, that sets an additional characteristic time scale, might be yet another factor affecting the evolution of language.  ...  However, many details concerning the role of the Baldwin effect in the evolution of language remain unclear [35] . We have already argued [30] that in our model the Baldwin effect is also at work.  ... 
doi:10.12921/cmst.2011.17.01.41-51 fatcat:ftsg6rg5tjarbjkcu3vot7ljsa

Computational approach to the emergence and evolution of language - evolutionary naming game model [article]

Adam Lipowski, Dorota Lipowska
2010 arXiv   pre-print
Genetic imprinting of the learning abilities proceeds via Baldwin effect: initially unskilled communicating agents learn a language and that creates a niche in which there is an evolutionary pressure for  ...  It shows that the speed of cultural changes, that sets an additional characteristic timescale, might be yet another factor affecting the evolution of language.  ...  However, many details concerning the role of the Baldwin effect in the evolution of language remain unclear [35] . We already argued [29] , that in our model the Baldwin effect is also at work.  ... 
arXiv:0801.1658v3 fatcat:p5b7flhe7ndxbo2ljxjw2ynje4

Cyclic Behavior in Gene-Culture Coevolution Mediated by Phenotypic Plasticity in Language

Tsubasa Azumagakito, Reiji Suzuki, Takaya Arita
2013 Advances in Artificial Life, ECAL 2013  
allow for investigation of the role of the Baldwin effect in language evolution, while keeping the framework as simple as possible.  ...  The evolution of language has been the subject of much debate and speculation. It is difficult to study in a scientific manner and remains an open research question.  ...  The latter allows us to investigate the role of the Baldwin effect (typically interpreted as a twostep evolution of the genetic acquisition of a learned trait without the Lamarckian mechanism (Peter Turney  ... 
doi:10.7551/978-0-262-31709-2-ch088 dblp:conf/ecal/AzumagakitoSA13 fatcat:silrfjlvyrblzjv64fvc5ffo7e

Computational modelling of evolution: ecosystems and language [article]

Adam Lipowski, Dorota Lipowska
2008 arXiv   pre-print
In this paper we briefly review some computational approaches, as well as our contributions, to the evolution of ecosystems and language.  ...  Finally, we address the problem of the emergence and development of language.  ...  We also acknowledge access to the computing facilities at Poznań Supercomputer and Networking Center.  ... 
arXiv:0810.4952v1 fatcat:saujnvb2v5hthgu5atfimoq73a

The origins of language in teaching

Kevin N. Laland
2016 Psychonomic Bulletin & Review  
and use symbols with efficiency, and cultural selection on languages for learnability.  ...  I introduce seven criteria for determining the validity of competing theories for the original function of language.  ...  , and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.  ... 
doi:10.3758/s13423-016-1077-7 pmid:27368625 pmcid:PMC5325857 fatcat:26kjjsyqh5cihhpjiandk6k7gi

What Can Formal or Computational Models Tell Us about How (Much) Language Shaped the Brain? [chapter]

Briscoe Ted
2009 Biological Foundations and Origin of Syntax  
Acknowledgements Thanks to Simon Kirby for modifying and allowing me to (re)use Figure 2 from Kirby et al. (this vol.)  ...  Chomsky has consistently downplayed the role of evolution in the emergence of the LAD, emphasized the discontinuities between human language and animal communication systems, and speculated that the LAD  ...  Thus I am not arguing that cultural evolution and linguistic selection have not had a profound effect on the nature of natural languages, nor that many if not most linguistic universals have emerged as  ... 
doi:10.7551/mitpress/9780262013567.003.0017 fatcat:ugk6xyukifdn7ivozkva5njvoe

Visualizing language evolution as an emergent phenomenon based on biological evolution and learning

Tsubasa Azumagakito, Reiji Suzuki, Takaya Arita
2011 Artificial Life and Robotics  
However, it never evolves to be zero, which might suggest that some cost of plasticity producing the Baldwin effect is adaptive in language evolution.  ...  Language and the human brain have evolved in parallel and interacting with each other. In this study, we propose a model of language evolution based on biological evolution and learning.  ...  The purpose of this research is to study the general roles of biological evolution and learning in the evolution of language.  ... 
doi:10.1007/s10015-011-0953-5 fatcat:lnw5o42nq5c7fnjio7gb5b7oge

Language Evolution, Acquisition, Adaptation and Change [chapter]

Luke Strongman
2017 Sociolinguistics - Interdisciplinary Perspectives  
The complex issue of language evolution continues to perplex because of its associations with culture, social behaviour and the development of the human mind.  ...  This occurs through changes in the population size of the people who use them, the frequency and form of their use in different media, through migration and through inter-mixing with other languages.  ...  So both innate endowment and cultural evolution (development of memes, forms of cultural encoding such as library holdings, the development of the lexicon and public memory, etc.) effect language change  ... 
doi:10.5772/67767 fatcat:tunvvrsijbbzfiyc2yavs4cutm

Grammatical Assimilation [chapter]

Ted Briscoe
2003 Language Evolution  
Genetic assimilation is a neo-Darwinian (and not Lamarckian) mechanism supporting apparent 'inheritance of acquired characteristics ' (e.g. Waddington, 1942,  ...  Acknowledgements I am grateful to the editors for providing helpful feedback, both from them and from their students on the first draft, which helped me improve this one.  ...  Waddington's work on genetic assimilation is a neo-Darwinian refinement of an idea independently proposed by Baldwin, Lloyd Morgan and Osborne in 1896, and often referred to as the Baldwin Effect (see  ... 
doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244843.003.0016 fatcat:npvxotskwnbprkla5zlo2xumvi

Progress in the Simulation of Emergent Communication and Language

Kyle Wagner, James A. Reggia, Juan Uriagereka, Gerald S. Wilkinson
2003 Adaptive Behavior  
This work spans issues related to animal communication and the origins and evolution of language.  ...  Although progress in this area has been substantial, we are able to identify some important areas for future research in the evolution of language, including the need for further computational investigation  ...  Wagner is supported by an NIH Post-doctoral Fellowship (T32 DC00061) and by funding from the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. Dr.  ... 
doi:10.1177/10597123030111003 fatcat:ei7ey56rtrb4re347rpspfozse

Evolution of Language as One of the Major Evolutionary Transitions [chapter]

Eörs Szathmáry
2009 Evolution of Communication and Language in Embodied Agents  
This opens up the possibility for genetic assimilation (the Baldwin effect). Some changes that each individual must learn at first can become hard-wired in the brain later.  ...  Understanding language origins and change is difficult because it involves three interwoven timescales and processes: individual learning, cultural transmission and biological evolution.  ... 
doi:10.1007/978-3-642-01250-1_3 fatcat:5roonq6r5nfvde45uh4b7hwf2m

Introduction; Integrating Genetic and Cultural Evolutionary Approaches to Language

Alex Mesoudi, Alan G. McElligott, David Adger
2011 Human Biology: The Official Publication of the American Association of Anthropological Genetics  
The papers in this special issue of Human Biology address recent research in the field of language evolution, both the genetic evolution of the language faculty and the cultural evolution of specific languages  ...  the strength, domain specificity, and origin of the cultural transmission biases that shape languages as they pass along successive generations of language learners.  ...  The original conference upon which this special issue is based was supported by the Centre for Ecology and Evolution (, the Galton Institute (, the Genetics  ... 
doi:10.3378/027.083.0201 pmid:21615283 fatcat:f2llodqkf5e43ig2aekjsazofu
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