Linguistic Evolution through Language Acquisition

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(like pig), arises as a side effect of the collective dynamics but cannot be ascribed to structure inside the agent.

A large amount of work needs to be done to further study the complex dynamics of lexicon formation. We need better tools to track the semiotic dynamics and study the interaction between lexicon and meaning formation. Nevertheless, we believe that the results discussed in this paper constitute a major step forward, because we have shown for the first time the evolution of an open-ended set of meanings and words by a group of autonomous distributed agents in interaction with physical environments through their sensory apparatus. The most valuable result of our experiments is that we are able to demonstrate a scale up. New meanings arise when the environment becomes more complex and the lexicon keeps adapting and expanding to sustain successful communication.


Acknowledgement

This research was conducted at the Sony Computer Science Laboratory. We are strongly indebted to Angus McIntyre for creating the Babel tool that is the technical backbone of our experiments and for technical support in the low level vision aspects.

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