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Using Computer Simulation to Study Language Evolution

Gong Tao 1 Shuai Lan 2 William S-Y.Wang 3 1 Department of Linguistics , University of Hong Kong , Hongkong 2 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering , Johns Hopkins University , USA 3 Department of Electronic Engineering , Chinese University of Hong Kong , Hongkong  
Recently , computer simulation has been widely adopted in evolutionary linguistics re- search.This paper discusses the necessity of the simulation approach to language evolution studies , lists the criteria for classifying contemporary models , illustrates the primary steps to design a computer model to examine linguistic problems and popular simulation methods , summarizes the advantages and limitations of this approach , and points out that the future research in evolutionary linguistics will largely rely upon such multi-disciplinary approach.
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