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dc.contributor.advisorKirby, Simonen
dc.contributor.advisorSmith, Kennyen
dc.contributor.authorQuillinan, Justinen
dc.date.accessioned2007-10-30T11:43:55Z
dc.date.available2007-10-30T11:43:55Z
dc.date.issued2006
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/2046
dc.description.abstractLanguage is a complex dynamical system that is shaped not just through biological evolution but by the way it is used in a social context. Sociolinguists have long understood that the structure of a society strongly affects the nature of the languages that emerge. Computational models of language evolution, however, generally neglect the effect of social structure by modelling extremely simple population dynamics. This study explores the coevolution of language and social structure using a simple, abstract model of language learning and a plausible mechanism for network growth, namely homophily. Evolved networks are found to possess the characteristic measures of social networks: assortative mixing, transitivity and prominent community structure. The effect of embedding language-learners in the network is found to be significant. This model may also provide a platform on which existing theories and computational models of language evolution can be evaluated.en
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dc.subjectlanguage evolutionen
dc.subjectcultural evolutionen
dc.subjectsocial networksen
dc.subjectlinguisticsen
dc.titleSocial networks and cultural transmissionen
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationlevelMastersen
dc.type.qualificationnameMSc Master of Scienceen
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