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The emergence of language differences in artificial codes

Fuhai Hong () and Xiaojian Zhao ()
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Fuhai Hong: Nanyang Technological University

Experimental Economics, 2017, vol. 20, issue 4, 924-945

Abstract: Abstract The paper studies how common codes of artificial language in communication are developed in the laboratory. We find that codes emerging from an environment with more variable spatial positions tend to use a limited set of symbols to represent positions, whereas codes emerging from an environment with more variable geometric shapes tend to discriminate among shapes. The paper also experimentally shows that “language” affects the way its “speakers” share the view about a novel figure.

Keywords: Communication games; Coordination; Economics of language (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C72 C92 Z1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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