Oudeyer, P-Y. and Kaplan F. Language Evolution as a Darwinian Process: Computational Studies. Cognitive Processing, 8(1):21-35, 2007.

Sony CSL authors: Frédéric Kaplan, Pierre-Yves Oudeyer


This paper presents computational experiments that illustrate how one can precisely conceptualize language evolution as a Darwinian process. We show that there is potentially a wide diversity of replicating units and replication mechanisms involved in language evolution. Computational experiments allow us to study systemic properties coming out of populations of linguistic replicators: linguistic replicators can adapt to specific external environments; they evolve under the pressure of the cognitive constraints of their hosts, as well as under the functional pressure of communication for which they are used; one can observe neutral drift; coalitions of replicators may appear, forming higher level groups which can themselves become subject to competition and selection.

Keywords: Language evolution, Language change, Darwinian evolution, Genes, Memes, Replicators, Learning bias, Functional pressure, Self-or


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@ARTICLE { oudeyer:07b, AUTHOR="Oudeyer, P-Y. and Kaplan F.", JOURNAL="Cognitive Processing", NUMBER="1", PAGES="21--35", TITLE="Language Evolution as a Darwinian Process: Computational Studies", VOLUME="8", YEAR="2007", }