Modeling the cognitive and social mechanisms behind constructionalization and constructional change using Fluid Construction Grammar


Luc Steels
ICREA - Institut de Biologia Evolutiva Barcelona
AI Lab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Constructionalization is the formation of a new construction and constructional change takes place when an existing construction is adapted to apply in other contexts or combinations. I will introduce a general architecture and examples of 'grammar-building operations' that could explain in mechanistic terms why we see these historical processes. I will also discuss what kind of collective dynamics can explain how constructional innovations spread in the population. Examples will be drawn from currently ongoing agent-based modelling experiments for the emergence of phrase structure grammar.


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