Journal Article

What smartphone apps may contribute to language evolution research

Olivier Morin, James Winters, Thomas F Müller, Tiffany Morisseau, Christian Etter and Simon J Greenhill

in Journal of Language Evolution

Volume 3, issue 2, pages 91-93
ISSN: 2058-4571
Published online June 2018 | e-ISSN: 2058-458X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jole/lzy005

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Abstract

Unlike a standard online experiment, a gaming app lets participants interact freely with a vast number of partners, as many times as they wish. The gain is not merely one of statistical power. Cultural evolutionists can use gaming apps to allow large numbers of participants to communicate synchronously; to build realistic transmission chains that avoid the losses of information that occurs in linear chains; and to study the effects of partner choice as well as partner control in social interactions. We are releasing an app designed to take advantage of these opportunities and generate realistic language evolution dynamics.

Keywords: artificial language evolution; phylogeny; pervasive ubiquitous computing; citizen science; experimental pragmatics

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Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology ; Language Evolution ; Evolutionary Biology ; Genetics and Genomics ; Human Evolution

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