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Experimental Semiotics: A Systematic Categorization of Experimental Studies on the Bootstrapping of Communication Systems

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dc.contributor.author Delliponti, Angelo
dc.contributor.author Raia, Renato
dc.contributor.author Sanguedolce, Giulia
dc.contributor.author Gutowski, Adam
dc.contributor.author Pleyer, Michael
dc.contributor.author Sibierska, Marta
dc.contributor.author Placiński, Marek
dc.contributor.author  Żywiczyński, Przemysław
dc.contributor.author Wacewicz, Sławomir
dc.date.accessioned 2023-09-19T18:41:04Z
dc.date.available 2023-09-19T18:41:04Z
dc.date.issued 2023-05-15
dc.identifier.citation Biosemiotics
dc.identifier.other https://doi.org/10.1007/s12304-023-09534-x
dc.identifier.uri http://repozytorium.umk.pl/handle/item/6915
dc.description.abstract Experimental Semiotics (ES) is the study of novel forms of communication that communicators develop in laboratory tasks whose designs prevent them from using language. Thus, ES relates to pragmatics in a “pure,” radical sense, capturing the process of creating the relation between signs and their interpreters as biological, psychological, and social agents. Since such a creation of meaning-making from scratch is of central importance to language evolution research, ES has become the most prolific experimental approach in this field of research. In our paper, we report the results of a study on the scope of recent ES and evaluate the ways in which it is relevant to the study of language origins. We coded for multiple levels across 13 dimensions related to the properties of the emergent communication systems or properties of the study designs, such as type of goal (coordination versus referential), modality of communication, absence or presence of turn-taking, or the presence of vertical vs. horizontal transmission. We discuss our findings and our classification, focusing on the advantages and limitations of those trends in ES, and in particular their ecological validity in the context of bootstrapping communication and the evolution of language.
dc.description.sponsorship This research was supported by the Polish National Science Centre under grant agreement UMO-2019/34/E/HS2/00248. M. Pleyer was supported under grant agreement UMO-2021/43/P/HS2/02729 co-funded by the National Science Centre and the European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 945339.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Springer
dc.rights Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Poland
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/pl/
dc.subject Linguistics
dc.subject Experimental Semiotics
dc.subject Language Origins
dc.subject Communication Systems
dc.subject Semiotic Game
dc.subject Language Evolution
dc.title Experimental Semiotics: A Systematic Categorization of Experimental Studies on the Bootstrapping of Communication Systems
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article


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