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Vogt, P. and Divina, F. (2007) Social symbol grounding and language evolution. Interaction Studies, 8(1):31--52.

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Abstract

This paper illustrates how external (or {\em social}) symbol grounding can be studied in simulations with large populations. We discuss how we can simulate language evolution in a relatively complex environment which has been developed in the context of the New Ties project. This project has the objective of evolving a cultural society and, in doing so, the agents have to evolve a communication system that is grounded in their interactions with their virtual environment and with other individuals. A preliminary experiment is presented in which we investigate the effect of a number of learning mechanisms. The results show that the social symbol grounding problem is a particularly hard one; however, we provide an ideal platform to study this problem.
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@article{vogt07socialSymbolGrounding,
author={P. Vogt and F. Divina},
title={Social symbol grounding and language evolution},
journal={Interaction Studies},
year={2007},
volume={8},
number={1},
pages={31-52},
url={http://groups.lis.illinois.edu/amag/langev/paper/vogt07socialSymbolGrounding.html}
}