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The emergence of linguistic structure in an online iterated learning task

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Previous research by Kirby, Cornish & Smith (2008) has found that strikingly compositional language systems can be developed in the laboratory via iterated learning of an artificial language. However, our reanalysis of the data indicates that while iterated learning prompts an increase in language compositionality, the increase is followed by an apparent decrease. This decrease in compositionality is inexplicable, and seems to arise from chance events in a small dataset (4 transmission ch...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1093/jole/lzx001

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University of Oxford
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Oxford, MPLS, Oxford e-Research Centre
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Oxford University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Language Evolution Journal website
Volume:
2
Issue:
2
Pages:
160-176
Publication date:
2017-04-07
Acceptance date:
2017-01-18
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2058-458X
ISSN:
2058-4571
Pubs id:
pubs:687946
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uri:48356b4a-41c9-43c9-95b2-d231b197f3d5
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uuid:48356b4a-41c9-43c9-95b2-d231b197f3d5
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pubs:687946
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2
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