Investigating social interaction strategies for bootstrapping lexicon development

P Vogt*, H Coumans

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages28
    JournalJasss-the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003


    • corrective feedback
    • joint attention
    • language acquisition
    • language evolution
    • language games

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