Language acquisition with communication between learners

R. Ibsen-Jensen, J. Tkadlec, K. Chatterjee, M. Nowak, Journal of the Royal Society Interface 15 (2018).

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We consider a class of students learning a language from a teacher. The situation can be interpreted as a group of child learners receiving input from the linguistic environment. The teacher provides sample sentences. The students try to learn the grammar from the teacher. In addition to just listening to the teacher, the students can also communicate with each other. The students hold hypotheses about the grammar and change them if they receive counter evidence. The process stops when all students have converged to the correct grammar. We study how the time to convergence depends on the structure of the classroom by introducing and evaluating various complexity measures. We find that structured communication between students, although potentially introducing confusion, can greatly reduce some of the complexity measures. Our theory can also be interpreted as applying to the scientific process, where nature is the teacher and the scientists are the students.
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2018-03-01
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Journal of the Royal Society Interface
Volume
15
Issue
140
Article Number
20180073
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Ibsen-Jensen R, Tkadlec J, Chatterjee K, Nowak M. Language acquisition with communication between learners. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 2018;15(140). doi:10.1098/rsif.2018.0073
Ibsen-Jensen, R., Tkadlec, J., Chatterjee, K., & Nowak, M. (2018). Language acquisition with communication between learners. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 15(140). https://doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2018.0073
Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus, Josef Tkadlec, Krishnendu Chatterjee, and Martin Nowak. “Language Acquisition with Communication between Learners.” Journal of the Royal Society Interface 15, no. 140 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2018.0073.
R. Ibsen-Jensen, J. Tkadlec, K. Chatterjee, and M. Nowak, “Language acquisition with communication between learners,” Journal of the Royal Society Interface, vol. 15, no. 140, 2018.
Ibsen-Jensen R, Tkadlec J, Chatterjee K, Nowak M. 2018. Language acquisition with communication between learners. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 15(140).
Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus, et al. “Language Acquisition with Communication between Learners.” Journal of the Royal Society Interface, vol. 15, no. 140, 20180073, Royal Society, 2018, doi:10.1098/rsif.2018.0073.
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