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Investigating Social Interaction Strategies for Bootstrapping Lexicon Development



This paper investigates how different modes of social interactions influence the bootstrapping and evolution of lexicons. This is done by comparing three language game models that differ in the type of social interactions they use. The simulations show that the language games, which use either joint attention or corrective feedback as a source of contextual input are better capable of bootstrapping a lexicon than the game without such directed interactions. The simulation of the latter game, however, does show that it is possible to develop a lexicon without using directed input when the lexicon is transmitted from generation to generation.

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  • Paul Vogt & Hans Coumans, 2003. "Investigating Social Interaction Strategies for Bootstrapping Lexicon Development," Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, vol. 6(1), pages 1-4.
  • Handle: RePEc:jas:jasssj:2002-31-2

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    1. Umberto Gostoli, 2007. "A Cognitively Founded Model of the Social Emergence of Lexicon," Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, vol. 11(1), pages 1-2.
    2. Enrique Canessa & Sergio Chaigneau, 2014. "The dynamics of social agreement according to Conceptual Agreement Theory," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 48(6), pages 3289-3309, November.


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