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Spontaneous Lexicon Change
Synthesising the Origins of Language and Meaning Using Co-evolution, Self-organisation and Level formation
The Origin of Linguistic Categories
The Origins of Syntax in Visually Grounded Robotic Agents
Ancrage de Jeux de Langage Adaptatifs dans des Agents Robotiques
Grounding Adaptive Language Games in Robotic Agents
Language Learning and Language Contact
Constructing and Sharing Perceptual Distinctions
Self-Organizing Vocabularies
Emergent Adaptive Lexicons
Perceptually Grounded Meaning Creation
Collective learning and semiotic dynamics
The Talking Heads Experiment. Volume 1. Words and Meanings
Spatially Distributed Naming Games
Amorçage d’une sémantique lexicale dans une population d’agents autonomes, ancrés et situés
Situated Grounded Word Semantics
How language bootstraps cognition
Self-organisation of a lexicon in a structured society of agents
The Origins of Ontologies and Communication Conventions in Multi-Agent Systems
A New Approach to Class Formation in Multi-Agent Simulations of Language Evolution
The origins of syntax in visually grounded robotic agents.
Structural Coupling of Cognitive Memories Through Adaptive Language Games
Stochasticity as a Source of Innovation in Language Games
La naissance d’une langue chez les robots
Origins and Learnability of Syllable Systems, a Cultural Evolutionary
Language Games for Autonomous Robots
Language as a Complex Adaptive System
The Emergence of Grammar in Communicating Autonomous Robotic Agents
Crucial factors in the origins of word-meaning
Origine et évolution du langage : expériences robotiques
The cultural evolution of syntactic constraints in phonology
Semiotic schemata: Selection units for linguistic cultural evolution
The puzzle of language evolution
Mirror Neurons and the Action Theory of Language Origins
The Spontaneous Self-organization of an Adaptive Language
Linguistique évolutionaire et vie artificielle
Modeling the Evolution of Syntax
Bootstrapping grounded word semantics
Crucial factors in the origins of word-meaning
Iterated Learning versus Language Games. Two models for cultural language evolution
Simulating the Evolution of a Grammar for Case
Emergent Semantics
Social learning and verbal communication with humanoid robots
The role of language in learning grounded representations
Grounding symbols through evolutionary language games
Analogies between Genome and Language Evolution
Shared grounding of event descriptions by autonomous robots
Evolving grounded communication for robots
Language-reentrance and the ‘Inner Voice’
Intelligence with representation
A Distributed Learning Algorithm for Communication Development
Social Language learning
Shared grounding of event descriptions by autonomous robots.
Evolving grounded communication for robots
The Social Formation of Acoustic Codes with ‘Something Simpler’
The Self-Organization of Speech Sounds
Aux sources du langage : l’auto-organisation de la parole
The self-organisation of combinatoriality and phonotactics in vocalisation systems
What triggers the emergence of grammar?
Coordinating Perceptually Grounded Categories Through Language: A Case Study For Colour
The Emergence and Evolution of Linguistic Structure: From Lexical to Grammatical Communication Systems
How Phonological Structures Can Be Culturally Selected for Learnability
The Semiotic Dynamics of Color
Social and cultural learning in the evolution of human communication
Macro-operators for the Emergence of Construction Grammars
The Evolution of Communication Systems by Adaptive Agents
How Grammar Emerges to Dampen Combinatorial Search in Parsing
Self-Organization in the Evolution of Speech
Does Complex Learning Require Complex Connectivity?
Language Evolution as a Darwinian Process: Computational Studies
The Recruitment Theory of Language Origins
Is Symbolic Inheritance Similar to Genetic Inheritance?
Language Originated in Social Brains
Embodiment and Self-Organization of Human Categories: A Case Study for Speech
The progress-drive hypothesis: an interpretation of early imitation
How to do Experiments in Artificial Language Evolution and Why
Discovering Communication
From vocal replication to shared combinatorial speech codes: a small step for evolution, a big step for language
Analogy and Multi-level Selection in the Formation of a Case Grammar. A Case Study in Fluid Construction Grammar
Flexible Word Meanings in Embodied Agents
The Robot in the Mirror
The Symbol Grounding Problem Has Been Solved. So What’s Next?
The Emergence of Embodied Communication in Artificial Agents and Humans
Multi-Level Selection in the Emergence of Language Systematicity
The Grounded Color Naming Game
The Emergence of Collective Structures Through Individual Interactions
Cognition and Social Dynamics Play a Major Role in the Formation of Grammar
Can Agent-Based Language Evolution Contribute to Archeology?
Acquisition of Aspectual Grammar in Artificial Systems through Language Games
Self-Interested Agents can Bootstrap Symbolic Communication if They Punish Cheaters
Perspective Alignment in Spatial Language
Typological and Computational Investigations of Spatial Perspective
The Emergence of Semantic Roles in Fluid Construction Grammar
Analogy Adapts to the Structure of the World. Author’s Reply to ‘Analogy Is an Implicit Universal Semantic Map’ by Michael Cysouw (2010b)
Why robots?
Modeling the Formation of Language in Embodied Agents: Methods and Open Challenges
Modeling the Formation of Language: Embodied Experiments
The Evolution of Grounded Spatial Language
Emergence of Aktionsarten: The first step towards aspect
Strategy Competition in the Evolution of Pronouns: A Case-Study of Spanish Leísmo, Laísmo and Loísmo
Open-ended semantics co-evolving with spatial language
Open-ended Grounded Semantics
Acquisition of Grammar in Autonomous Artificial Systems
Grammaticalization and Semantic Maps: Evidence from Artificial Language Evolution
Cognitive Mechanisms need to be operationalized. Commentary on Cristofaro
Experiments in Cultural Language Evolution
Recruitment, Selection and Alignment of Spatial Language Strategies
Can Iterated Learning Explain the Emergence of Case Marking in Language?
Why We Need Evolutionary Semantics
Emergent Functional Grammar for Space
Synthetic Modeling of Cultural Language Evolution
Dealing with Perceptual Deviation – Vague Semantics for Spatial Language and Quantification
An Experiment in Temporal Language Learning
The Co-Evolution of Basic Spatial Terms and Categories
Emergent Mirror Systems for Body Language
A Language Strategy for Aspect: Encoding Aktionsarten through Morphology
Self-Assessing Agents for Explaining Language Change: A Case Study in German
Multilevel Alignment Maintains Language Systematicity
Not as Awful as it Seems: Explaining German Case through Computational Experiments in Fluid Construction Grammar
Grounding Language through Evolutionary Language Games
The Emergence of Internal Agreement Systems
Self-Organization and Selection in Cultural Language Evolution
The Grounded Naming Game
How Intrinsic Motivation can Speed Up Language Emergence
Fitness landscapes in cultural language evolution
Fluid Construction Grammar for Historical and Evolutionary Linguistics
Linguistic Assessment Criteria for Explaining Language Change: A Case Study on Syncretism in German Definite Articles
Potential Stages in the Cultural Evolution of Spatial Language
The Emergence of Morphosyntactic Case Systems
The Evolution of Case Systems for Marking Event Structure
The Evolution of Case Grammar
The Role of Intrinsic Motivation in Artificial Language Emergence: a Case Study on Colour



Evolutionary linguistics


Why are there so many different languages across the world? How come these languages are so vastly different, while at the same time yielding recurrent features? How can we learn, use and process language? At Sony CSL Paris, we tackle these questions by simulating the emergence and evolution of language in agent-based models in which language evolves spontaneously as the side-effect of how communicative agents locally interact with each other, thereby displaying many processes that are also observed in nature but on a cultural level.