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Oller D.K.,University of Memphis | Oller D.K.,The Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research | Dale R.,University of California at Merced | Griebel U.,University of Memphis | Griebel U.,The Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research
Topics in Cognitive Science | Year: 2016

This article introduces the Special Issue and its focus on research in language evolution with emphasis on theory as well as computational and robotic modeling. A key theme is based on the growth of evolutionary developmental biology or evo-devo. The Special Issue consists of 13 articles organized in two sections: A) Theoretical foundations and B) Modeling and simulation studies. All the papers are interdisciplinary in nature, encompassing work in biological and linguistic foundations for the study of language evolution as well as a variety of computational and robotic modeling efforts shedding light on how language may be developed and may have evolved. © 2016 Cognitive Science Society, Inc.

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