Monolingual Biases in Simulations of Cultural Transmission

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Cultural groups are very rarely isolated. They interact for trade, politics and war.
Communication is key to these interactions, and so a common language is important. The emergence of common languages has been studied using computational models. However, one aspect of cultural interaction has been left largely ignored – the ability to learn many languages at once, or bilingualism. This chapter considers the importance of incorporating bilingualism into studies of cultural evolution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerspectives on Culture and Agent-based Simulations
EditorsV Dignum, F Dignum
PublisherSpringer Vienna
Number of pages125
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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