THE UNIVERSITY of EDINBURGH
DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2009/2010
Simulating Language (P03401)
The study of the origins and evolution of language and communication has seen a resurgence of interest in recent years. Part of the reason for this has been the application of new techniques from computer modelling to test out different hypotheses about how language evolved.
Home subject area
? Normal year taken : Postgraduate
? Contact Teaching Time : 3 hour(s) per week for 9 weeks
First Class Information
All of the following classes
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
- An ability to critically assess research papers that use modelling techniques;
- an understanding of those aspects of evolutionary linguistics in which modelling has played a part;
- an understanding of multi-agent simulation, and basic evolutionary computation and machine learning techniques;
- an ability to run and analyse computer simulation experiments in order to test hypotheses about the cultural and biological evolution of linguistic behaviour;
- an ability to modify existing simulations and construct novel ones
One 4,000 word essay or project write-up on a topic agreed with the course organiser.
Contact and Further Information
The Course Secretary should be the first point of contact for all enquiries.
Miss Toni Noble
Dr Simon Kirby
School Website : http://www.ppls.ed.ac.uk/
College Website : http://www.hss.ed.ac.uk/