dc.contributor.authorHong, Fuhai
dc.contributor.authorLim, Wooyoung
dc.contributor.authorZhao, Xiaojian
dc.identifier.citationHong, F., Lim, W., & Zhao, X. (2017). The emergence of compositional grammars in artificial codes. Games and Economic Behavior, 102, 255-268.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper experimentally explores how compositional grammars in artificial codes emerge and are sustained. In a communication game with no conflict of interest, the sender sends a message that is an arbitrary string from available symbols with no prior meaning to indicate an abstract geometrical figure to the receiver. We find strong evidence from the laboratory for the emergence of compositional grammars in the subjects' common codes that facilitate learning efficiency. Moreover, when there is a scarcity of symbols in the repertoire, a few groups in our experiments developed languages with positional compositionality, meaning the same symbol has different interpretations depending on its position in a string, whereas some other groups developed language structures that are not compositional but still efficient in communication.en_US
dc.format.extent28 p.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesGames and Economic Behavioren_US
dc.rights© 2017 Elsevier Inc. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geb.2016.12.009].en_US
dc.subjectCommunication gamesen_US
dc.subjectEconomics of languageen_US
dc.titleThe emergence of compositional grammars in artificial codesen_US
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Humanities and Social Sciencesen_US
dc.description.versionAccepted versionen_US

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