, Volume 66, Issue 3, pp 409–436

Evolutionary Explanations of Indicatives and Imperatives


DOI: 10.1007/s10670-006-9022-1

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Huttegger, S.M. Erkenntnis (2007) 66: 409. doi:10.1007/s10670-006-9022-1


Recently there has been some interest in studying the explanation of meaning by using signaling games. I shall argue that the meaning of signals in signaling games remains sufficiently unclear to motivate further investigation. In particular, the possibility of distinguishing imperatives and indicatives at a fundamental level will be explored. Thereby I am trying to preserve the generality of the signaling games framework while bringing it closer to human languages. A number of convergence results for the evolutionary dynamics of our models will be proved.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition ResearchAltenbergAustria

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