Interactive Semantic Alignment Model: Social Influence and Local Transmission Bottleneck

Dariusz Kalocinski*, Marcin Mostowski, Nina Gierasimczuk

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We provide a computational model of semantic alignment among communicating agents constrained by social and cognitive pressures. We use our model to analyze the effects of social stratification and a local transmission bottleneck on the coordination of meaning in isolated dyads. The analysis suggests that the traditional approach to learning-understood as inferring prescribed meaning from observations-can be viewed as a special case of semantic alignment, manifesting itself in the behaviour of socially imbalanced dyads put under mild pressure of a local transmission bottleneck. Other parametrizations of the model yield different long-term effects, including lack of convergence or convergence on simple meanings only.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Logic, Language and Information
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)225-253
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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  • Semantic alignment
  • Coordination
  • Social influence
  • Cognitive constraints
  • Transmission bottleneck
  • Quantifiers


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