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Linguistic Evolution through Language Acquisition

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Ted Briscoe, Michael Oliphant, Luc Steels, Robert Worden, John Batali, Simon Kirby, Partha Niyogi, William J. Turkel, James R. Hurford
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  • Date Published: September 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521078931

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  • This groundbreaking study of how children acquire language and the effects on language change over the generations draws on a wide range of examples. The book covers specific syntactic universals and the nature of syntactic change. It reviews the language-learning mechanisms required to acquire an existing linguistic system (accurately and to impose further structure on an emerging system) and the evolution of language(s) in relation to this learning mechanism.

    • A groundbreaking study of language acquisition, language change and linguistic evolution
    • The book is distinctive in using computer simulation to help ensure the theories constructed are complete and accurate
    • Authors are well known for work in computational linguistics and on the cognitive bases of language
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    'The most important contribution of this book lies in the many detailed examples of the emergence of structured representations that it offers.' Journal of Linguistics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521078931
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 10 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Ted Briscoe
    2. Learned systems of arbitrary reference: the foundation of human linguistic uniqueness Michael Oliphant
    3. Bootstrapping grounded word semantics Luc Steels
    4. Linguistic structure and the evolution of words Robert Worden
    5. The negotiation and acquisition of recursive grammars as a result of competition among exemplars John Batali
    6. Learning, bottlenecks and the evolution of recursive syntax Simon Kirby
    7. Theories of cultural evolution and their application to language change Partha Niyogi
    8. The learning guided evolution of natural language William J. Turkel
    9. Grammatical acquisition and linguistic selection Ted Briscoe
    10. Expression/induction models of language evolution: dimensions and issues James R. Hurford.

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    Ted Briscoe, University of Cambridge
    Ted Briscoe is Lecturer in the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. He has published around 50 research articles.


    Ted Briscoe, Michael Oliphant, Luc Steels, Robert Worden, John Batali, Simon Kirby, Partha Niyogi, William J. Turkel, James R. Hurford

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