T-61.186 Special course on language technology
Lecture notes about the basics of evolutionary theory (in rtf format).
The article by Amy Perfors, Simulated evolution of language: a review of the field, will be read by all and discussed in the next session on Sept 29.
Session 2 notes in rtf format.
The simulation software to be used can be found on Paul Vogt's page. Documentation, including a rough guide, is included in the zipped software package. See also the publication list at the end of the page; the articles contain useful (perhaps necessary) information about the theoretical background as well as the practicalities of using the software. You might want to start from this pdf document, which is a general overview about both theory and practise. A companion article describing some results is here.
Read Steven Pinker's article Language as an adaptation to the cognitive niche (originally published in Christensen & Kirby [eds.] 2003, Language evolution. New York: Oxford University Press), and try to find the core of his argument. Also consider the following points that concern all of the articles to be studied during the next three sessions:
November 24Read the article by Jeffrey Elman and consider the same questions as with Pinker's article.
Optional reading regarding Pinker for those who are interested:
Hauser M.D., Chomsky N. & Fitch T. 2002. The
faculty of language: what
is it, who has it, and how did it evolve? Science 298:
1 December 2004Read the article "Coevolution of human consciousness and language" by Michael Arbib. Consider the viability of his hypotheses and try to find their position relative to the articles discussed earlier. Additional discussion on the topic can be found at the Interdisciplines website.
15 DecemberSeeds for the closing discussion: find an interesting point or tidbit, related to language evolution, in a journal or other publication of your choosing. Nothing fancy, just a little bit of something.
More informationFor more information, please contact Kari Kanto.
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