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Language Games and the Emergence of Discourse

Barrett, Jeffrey A. and VanDrunen, Jacob (2021) Language Games and the Emergence of Discourse. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1958) used the notion of a language game to illustrate how language is interwoven with action. Here we consider how successful linguistic discourse of the sort he described might emerge in the context of a self-assembling evolutionary game. More specifically, we consider how discourse and coordinated action might self-assemble in the context of two generalized signaling games. The first game shows how prospective language users might learn to initiate meaningful discourse. The second shows how more subtle varieties of discourse might co-emerge with a meaningful language.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Barrett, Jeffrey A.j.barrett@uci.edu
VanDrunen, Jacobjackvandrunen@gmail.com
Keywords: language game, signaling game, self-assembling game, evolutionary game
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Computation
General Issues > Decision Theory
General Issues > Game Theory
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Learning and Memory
Depositing User: Jeffrey Barrett
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2021 23:53
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2021 23:53
Item ID: 19417
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Computation
General Issues > Decision Theory
General Issues > Game Theory
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Learning and Memory
Date: 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19417

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