Steels, L. and McIntyre, A. Spatially Distributed Naming Games. Advances in complex systems, 1(4):301-323, January 1999.

Sony CSL authors: Angus McIntyre, Luc Steels


The paper investigates the dynamical properties of spatially distributed naming games. Naming games are interactions between two agents, a speaker and a hearer, in which the speaker identifies an object using a name. Adaptive naming games imply that speaker and hearer update their lexicons to become better in future games. By engaging in adaptive naming games, a coherent shared vocabulary arises through self-organisation in a population of distributed agents. When the agents are spatially distributed, diversity can be shown to arise, and changes in population contact lead to language changes.

Keywords: language contact, language games, naming games, simulation, Babel, agents, evolutionary linguistics


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@ARTICLE { steels:97f, ADDRESS="Paris", AUTHOR="Steels, L. and McIntyre, A.", JOURNAL="Advances in complex systems", MONTH="January", NUMBER="4", PAGES="301--323", PUBLISHER="Herm`es", TITLE="Spatially Distributed Naming Games", VOLUME="1", YEAR="1999", }