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Self-organizing communication in language games

Baronchelli, A., Felici, M., Caglioti, E. , Loreto, V. & Steels, L. (2005). Self-organizing communication in language games. Paper presented at the First European Conference on Complex Systems ECCS'05, 14-18 Nov 2005, Paris, France.


From the point of view of semiotic dynamics language is an evolving complex dynamical system. In this perspective, unrevealing the mechanisms that allow for the birth of shared conventions is a major issue. Here we describe a very simple model in which agents negotiate conventions and reach a global agreement without any intervention from the outside. In particular we focus on the possibility of predicting on which of the several competing conventions the agreement is reached. We find from simulations that early created conventions are favored in the competition process and this advantage can be quantified. Beyond the specific results presented here, we think that this paper provides an example of a new way of investigating language features where simple models allow for the investigation of precise problems and, possibly, for analytical approaches.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: P Language and Literature
Q Science > QA Mathematics
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Mathematics
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