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Expressivity of Emergent Language is a Trade-off between Contextual Complexity and Unpredictability


Jun 07, 2021
Shangmin Guo, Yi Ren, Kory Mathewson, Simon Kirby, Stefano V. Albrecht, Kenny Smith

* 17 pages, 11 figures, 2 tables 

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Conceptual similarity and communicative need shape colexification: an experimental study


Mar 19, 2021
Andres Karjus, Richard A. Blythe, Simon Kirby, Tianyu Wang, Kenny Smith


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Communicative need modulates competition in language change


Jun 16, 2020
Andres Karjus, Richard A. Blythe, Simon Kirby, Kenny Smith


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Compositional Languages Emerge in a Neural Iterated Learning Model


Feb 17, 2020
Yi Ren, Shangmin Guo, Matthieu Labeau, Shay B. Cohen, Simon Kirby

* ICLR-2020 
* accepted by ICLR-2020 

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Challenges in detecting evolutionary forces in language change using diachronic corpora


Nov 03, 2018
Andres Karjus, Richard A. Blythe, Simon Kirby, Kenny Smith


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The cognitive roots of regularization in language


Oct 18, 2018
Vanessa Ferdinand, Simon Kirby, Kenny Smith

* 21 pages 

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Quantifying the dynamics of topical fluctuations in language


Jun 13, 2018
Andres Karjus, Richard A. Blythe, Simon Kirby, Kenny Smith

* Code to run the analyses described in this paper is now available at https://github.com/andreskarjus/topical_cultural_advection_model . A previous shorter version of this paper outlining the basic model appeared as an extended abstract in the proceedings of the Society for Computation in Linguistics (Karjus et al. 2018, Topical advection as a baseline model for corpus-based lexical dynamics) 

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