Complex Adaptive Linguists

A new group is forming at UCSB: the Complex Adaptive Linguists, devoted to exploring new ways of understanding language as a Complex Adaptive System. No prior knowledge is assumed, just a general background in linguistics or a related field, or simply an interest in learning about
language via some cutting-edge ideas. We'll be exploring together such concepts as complexity, self-organization, cultural evolution, adaptivity, emergence, and other aspects of the theory of Complex Adaptive Systems as it applies to language. Nick Lester and I will be the organizers. We'll be meeting a few times a quarter to read articles of interest, and to talk informally about what this approach has to offer for understanding language. The first meeting will be Tuesday, November 12, 7-9 pm, at my apartment (2633 State St. #4, Santa Barbara, 805-687-1773). We'll be discussing a recent article by Luc Steels, a very original thinker and researcher on language as a self-organizing system: Steels, Luc (2012). Self-organization and selection in cultural language evolution. In Steels, Luc (Ed.), Experiments in cultural language
evolution. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 1–37.
We'll be providing light refreshments. To let us know how many to expect, please RSVP. Let us know if you need to arrange a ride (or can offer one). All are welcome -- please come!


Lab Manager,
Nov 4, 2013, 9:30 AM