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Title: A model of language emergence and change
Other Titles: Yu yan chan sheng yu yan bian zhi mo xing
Authors: Cheung, Nga Yan (張雅茵)
Department: Department of Mathematics
Degree: Master of Philosophy
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: City University of Hong Kong
Subjects: Language and languages -- Origin -- Mathematical models.
Linguistic change -- Mathematical models.
Notes: CityU Call Number: P116 .C45 2009
1, 139 leaves : ill. 30 cm.
Thesis (M.Phil.)--City University of Hong Kong, 2009.
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 139)
Type: thesis
Abstract: Recently, there is a number of research done on the problem of consensus between autonomous agents, especially language evolution and computation. In this paper, language evolution including language emergence and change are investigated. We study how disparate languages of people in a population converge to a common one and how this evolves. The dynamics we use is defined as a discrete time mapping, people interact with each other and update their languages for every iteration. We first visualize the possible language evolution by performing computer simulations, then analyze the observed behavior and prove that the majority of the population are agree to share a common language under some assumptions.
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