Interaction for facilitating conventionalization: Negotiating the silent gesture communication of noun-verb pairs
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This study demonstrates how interaction – specifically negotiation and repair – facilitates
the emergence, evolution, and conventionalization of a silent gesture communication
system. In a modified iterated learning paradigm, partners communicated noun-verb
meanings using only silent gesture. The need to disambiguate similar noun-verb pairs
drove these "new" language users to develop a morphology that allowed for quicker
processing, easier transmission, and improved accuracy. The specific morphological
system that emerged came about through a process of negotiation within the dyad,
namely by means of repair. By applying a discourse analytic approach to the use of repair
in an experimental methodology for language evolution, we are able to determine not
only if interaction facilitates the emergence and learnability of a new communication
system, but also how interaction affects such a system