Cumulative Cultural Evolution: Can We Ever Learn More?

  • Paul Vogt
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4095)


This paper investigates the dynamics of cumulative cultural evolution in a simulation concerning the evolution of language. This simulation integrates the iterated learning model with the Talking Heads experiment in which a population of agents evolves a language to communicate geometrical coloured objects by playing guessing games and transmitting the language from one generation to the next. The results show that cumulative cultural evolution is possible if the language becomes highly regular, which only happens if the language is transmitted from generation to generation.


Cultural Evolution Communicative Success Iterate Learning Conceptual Space Language Game 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Vogt
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    • 2
  1. 1.Induction of Linguistic Knowledge / Computational Linguistics sectionTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Language Evolution and Computation Research Unit, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language SciencesUniversity of EdinburghU.K

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