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    Self‐organization and selection in the emergence of vocabulary.Jinyun Ke, James W. Minett, Ching-Pong Au & William S.-Y. Wang - 2002 - Complexity 7 (3):41-54.
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    The Effect of Speech Variability on Tonal Language Speakers’ Second Language Lexical Tone Learning.Kaile Zhang, Gang Peng, Yonghong Li, James W. Minett & William S.-Y. Wang - 2018 - Frontiers in Psychology 9.
    Speech variability facilitates non-tonal language speakers’ lexical tone learning. However, it remains unknown whether tonal language speakers can also benefit from speech variability while learning second language (L2) lexical tones. Researchers also reported that the effectiveness of speech variability was only shown on learning new items. Considering that the first language (L1) and L2 probably share similar tonal categories, the present study hypothesizes that speech variability only promotes the tonal language speakers’ acquisition of L2 tones that are different from the (...)
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    Evolutionary principles and the emergence of syntax.P. Thomas Schoenemann & William S.-Y. Wang - 1996 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 19 (4):646-647.
    The belief that syntax is an innate, autonomous, species-specific module is highly questionable. Syntax demonstrates the mosaic nature of evolutionary change, in that it made use of (and led to the enhancement of) numerous preexisting neurocognitive features. It is best understood as an emergent characteristic of the explosion of semantic complexity that occurred during hominid evolution.
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    A simulation study on word order bias.Tao Gong, James W. Minett & William S.-Y. Wang - 2009 - Interaction Studies 10 (1):51-76.
    The majority of the extant languages have one of three dominant basic word orders: SVO, SOV or VSO. Various hypotheses have been proposed to explain this word order bias, including the existence of a universal grammar, the learnability imposed by cognitive constraints, the descent of modern languages from an ancestral protolanguage, and the constraints from functional principles. We run simulations using a multi-agent computational model to study this bias. Following a local order approach, the model simulates individual language processing mechanisms (...)
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    A simulation study on word order bias.Tao Gong, James W. Minett & William S.-Y. Wang - 2009 - Interaction Studies. Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systemsinteraction Studies / Social Behaviour and Communication in Biological and Artificial Systemsinteraction Studies 10 (1):51-75.
    The majority of the extant languages have one of three dominant basic word orders: SVO, SOV or VSO. Various hypotheses have been proposed to explain this word order bias, including the existence of a universal grammar, the learnability imposed by cognitive constraints, the descent of modern languages from an ancestral protolanguage, and the constraints from functional principles. We run simulations using a multi-agent computational model to study this bias. Following a local order approach, the model simulates individual language processing mechanisms (...)
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    Coevolution of lexicon and syntax from a simulation perspective.Tao Gong, James W. Minett, Jinyun Ke, John H. Holland & William S.-Y. Wang - 2005 - Complexity 10 (6):50-62.
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    CLIBOC: Chinese Linguistics Bibliography on Computer.Paul L.-M. Serruys, William S.-Y. Wang & Anatole Lyovin - 1973 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 93 (2):214.
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    Conventionalization of Linguistic Knowledge Under Communicative Constraints.Tao Gong, Andrea Puglisi, Vittorio Loreto & William S.-Y. Wang - 2008 - Biological Theory 3 (2):154-163.
    The language game approach has recently been adopted to explore the conventionalization of linguistic knowledge in a social environment. Most contemporary studies focus on the dynamics of language games in random or predefined social networks, but neglect the reverse roles of communicative constraints in language evolution and social structures. This article, based on two forms of language games , examines whether a simple, distance-based communicative constraint can affect the conventionalization of linguistic knowledge. The study bridges the gap between random networks (...)
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    Categorization in artificial agents: Guidance on empirical research?William S.-Y. Wang & Tao Gong - 2005 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 28 (4):511-512.
    By comparing mechanisms in nativism, empiricism, and culturalism, the target article by Steels & Belpaeme (S&B) emphasizes the influence of communicational constraint on sharing color categories. Our commentary suggests deeper considerations of some of their claims, and discusses some modifications that may help in the study of communicational constraints in both humans and robots.
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    Language heterogeneity and self-organizing consciousness.William S.-Y. Wang & Jinyun Ke - 2002 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 25 (3):358-359.
    While the current generative paradigm in linguistics leans heavily toward computation, investigations on conscious representations are much welcome. The SOC model examines the acquisition of complex representations in individuals. We note that heterogeneity of representation in populations is a central issue that must be addressed as well. In addition to the self-organizing processes proposed for the individual, interactions among individuals must be incorporated in any comprehensive account of language.
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    Organum ex machina?William S.-Y. Wang - 1984 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 7 (2):210.
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    Music as social bonding: A cross-cultural perspective.Ivan Yifan Zou & William S.-Y. Wang - 2021 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 44:e95.
    We extend Savage et al.'s music and social bonding hypothesis by examining it in the context of Chinese music. First, top-down functions such as music as political instrument should receive more attention. Second, solo performance can serve as important cues for social identity. Third, a right match between the tones in lyrics and music contributes also to social bonding.
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