The evolution of semantics and language-games for meaning

Ahti Veikko Pietarinen*

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To understand evolutionary aspects of communication is to understand the evolutionary development of the meaning relations between language and the world. Such meaning relations are established by the application of the interactive systems of semantic games. Subsumed under the evolutionary framework of repeated games, semantics is the survival of stable meanings in populations of strategically interacting players. The viability of compositionality, common ground and salience in such evolutionary games is assessed. Foundationally, the discussion is rooted in Charles S. Peirce's pragmatist philosophy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-104
Number of pages26
JournalInteraction Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Human-Computer Interaction

User-Defined Keywords

  • Communication
  • Evolutionary game theory
  • Logic
  • Peirce
  • Semantic games


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