The Impact of Social Reputation in Language Evolution

  • Gemma Bel-EnguixEmail author


Language evolution has been widely tackled by means of mathematical and computational models. To approach the problem, several proposals have been introduced based on simulation, some of them taking the perspective of language emerging, by means of different variants of the naming game (Steels in The synthetic modeling of language origins, 1:1–34, 2000). The present work is placed into this framework, addressing the impact of social reputation in the emergence and evolution of languages from an agent-based point of view. Some simulations are performed with populations of 100, 300 and 500 agents, taking into account different structures of the society based on the distribution of reputation. The ultimate goal of the paper is to understand whether the way human communities are organized has a prominent role in how the language emerges and the change in communication systems over the time.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Grupo de Ingeniería Lingüística, Instituto de IngenieríaUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoCiudad de MéxicoMexico

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