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Publication - Dr Sean Roberts

    Chield: causal hypotheses in evolutionary linguistics database


    Roberts, S, 2018, ‘Chield: causal hypotheses in evolutionary linguistics database’. in: C Cuskley, M Flaherty, H Little, L McCrohon, A Ravignani, T Verhoef (eds) The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference (EVOLANGXII). EVOLANG


    Evolutionary linguistics is now a well established field with several conferences and its own journal. The ultimate goal of the field is to explain how complex communication systems emerge and change. A coherent, comprehensive explanation would involve a long chain of causal claims, stretching from genetics to cognition and from prehistorical adaptations to mod- ern language change, supported by a range of methods from experiments to computer simula- tions. Because of the range of disciplines feeding into language evolution theories, producing such an explanation is a daunting task. In order to help this process, this paper presents a schema and implementation for a database of causal hypotheses about language evolution. Researchers can edit and contribute through a custom web application or through a GitHub repository.

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