Experimental Semiotics

Studies on the emergence and evolution of human communication

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| Yeshiva University & Haskins Laboratories
| University of Glasgow
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In the early twentieth century, Ferdinand de Saussure envisioned "a science which studies the role of signs as part of social life". About a century later, a science has emerged that is very much in the spirit of that envisioned by de Saussure. Researchers who are developing this science, which has been labeled Experimental Semiotics, conduct controlled studies in which human adults develop novel communication systems or impose novel structure on systems provided to them.

This volume offers a primer to Experimental Semiotics and presents a set of studies conducted within this new discipline. The volume is an ideal text complement for an advanced graduate seminar and it will be of interest to anyone who wonders how humans assemble and develop new ways to communicate with one another.

Originally published in Interaction Studies 11:1 (2010).

[Benjamins Current Topics, 45]  2012.  v, 161 pp.
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Table of Contents
Experimental semiotics: Studies on the emergence and evolution of human communication
Bruno Galantucci and Simon Garrod
1–14
Systematicity and arbitrariness in novel communication systems
Carrie Ann Theisen-White, Jon Oberlander and Simon Kirby
15–32
Can iterated learning explain the emergence of graphical symbols?
Simon Garrod, Nicolas Fay, Shane Rogers, Bradley Walker and Nik Swoboda
33–50
Exploring the cognitive infrastructure of communication
J.P. de Ruiter, Matthijs L. Noordzij, Sarah Newman-Norlund, Roger Newman-Norlund, Peter Hagoort, Stephen C. Levinson and Ivan Toni
51–78
The evolution of communication: Humans may be exceptional
Thomas C. Scott-Phillips
79–100
The effects of rapidity of fading on communication systems
Bruno Galantucci, Christian Kroos and Theo Rhodes
101–112
Investigating how cultural transmission leads to the appearance of design without a designer in human communication systems
Hannah Cornish
113–138
An experimental study of social selection and frequency of interaction in linguistic diversity
Gareth Roberts
139–160
Index
161–162
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Communication Studies

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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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