Andrea Baronchelli (),
Vittorio Loreto () and
Francesca Tria ()
Additional contact information Andrea Baronchelli: Department of Physics, College of Computer and Information Sciences, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston MA02120, USA
Vittorio Loreto: Sapienza University of Rome, Physics Department, Piazzale Aldo Moro 2, 00185, Roma, Italy; Institute for Scientific Interchange ISI, Via Alas 11/c, 10126 Torino, Italy
Francesca Tria: Institute for Scientific Interchange ISI, Via Alassio 11/c, 10126 Torino, Italy
Thirty authors of different disciplines, ranging from cognitive science and linguistics to mathematics and physics, address the topic of language origin and evolution. Language dynamics is investigated through an interdisciplinary effort, involving field and synthetic experiments, modelling and comparison of the theoretical predictions with empirical data. The result consists in new insights that significantly contribute to the ongoing debate on the origin and the evolution of language. In this Topical Issue the state of the art of this novel and fertile approach is reported by major experts of the field.