Abertay Language Lab

Studying Language Transmission and Language Variation

Summer School of Linguistics 2018

17 to 24 August 2018 - Kroměříž, Czech Republic

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Linking Language Development and Language Transmission

Lecture Slides - Prof Vera Kempe

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1. Studying Language Evolution in the Lab: Overview and Demonstration

Iterated learning: What’s different in children?


2. Negotiating Meaning: Communicative Constraints in Children and Adults

Can children invent a novel communication system?


3. Transmitting Symbolic Signals: Learnability Constraints in Children and Adults

Who are the agents of language change?


4. Accommodating the Learner: The Role of Teaching in Language Transmission

How do experts transmit linguistic knowledge?