Watch language evolve as little sims wander around a grid of islands


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/07/26/watch-language-evolve-as-littl.html


#2

This is not a very exciting game.


#3

No, but it’s a promising idea. I am enthused.

Some ideas:

  • Configurable parameters!
  • Add a (very simple) grammar for each language, which is more resistant to change than vocabulary
  • Add randomly-generated word formation and transformation rules (like ‘this language breaks up consonant clusters with randomly-selected vowels’)

#4

No it’s not. Pretty to watch, but it’s really just demonstrating random gene-mixing in an evolutionary algorithm. Without context (“this means ‘apple’”) or a measure of fitness, it’s basically “how can we scramble words.”


#5

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