Iterated learning

Materials from class on Thursday, November 12, 2020


Lecture recording on CMU box.


Lupyan, G., & Dale, R. (2010). Language structure is partly determined by social structure. PLOS ONE, 5, e8559.

Kemp, C., & Regier, T. (2012). Kinship categories across languages reflect general communicative principles. Science, 336, 1049—1054.

Kirby, S., Cornish, H., & Smith, K. (2008). Cumulative cultural evolution in the laboratory: An experimental approach to the origins of structure in human language. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105, 10681—10686.

Kirby, S., Tamariz, M., Cornish, H., & Smith, K. (2015). Compression and communication in the cultural evolution of linguistic structure. Cognition, 141, 87—102.

Silvey, C., Kirby, S., & Smith, K. (2015). Word meanings evolve to selectively preserve distinctions on salient dimensions. Cognitive Science, 39, 212—226.

Clearest and most confusing things

Go to this form and answer these three questions:

  1. What was the most confusing thing from class today? What are you still wondering about?
  2. What was the clearest thing from class today?
  3. What was the most exciting thing you learned?

I’ll compile the questions and send out answers after class.