Faithful description and the incommensurability of evolved languages

Philosophical Studies 147 (1):123 - 137 (2010)
Skyrms-Lewis signaling games illustrate how meaningful language may evolve from initially meaningless random signals (Lewis, Convention 1969; Skyrms 2008). Here we will consider how incommensurable languages might evolve in the context of signaling games. We will also consider the types of incommensurability exhibited between evolved languages in such games. We will find that sequentially evolved languages may be strongly incommensurable while still allowing for increasingly faithful descriptions of the world
Keywords Skyrms–Lewis signaling games  Evolution of language  Incommensurability
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DOI 10.2307/40542424
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