Origin and Evolution of Languages - Approaches, Models, Paradigms - Bernard Laks

Origin and Evolution of Languages - Approaches, Models, Paradigms - Bernard Laks

Simulating the expansion of farming and the differentiation of European languages

Origin and Evolution of Languages - Approaches, Models, Paradigms - Bernard Laks

Domenico Parisi
Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council
Francesco Antinucci
Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council
Francesco Natale
Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council
Federico Cecconi
Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Counci

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In this chapter we will first briefly present a simulation based on a cellular automaton that tries to reproduce (explain) the expansion of the Neo-Assyrian empire in the Ancient Near East but we will dedicate most of the chapter to describing a simulation model of the expansion of farming in Ancient Europe with possible links to the origin and differentiation of European languages. In both cases our main goal is methodological, i.e., to illustrate the potential of simulations as a research tool in the social and historical sciences, not to claim the validity of any particular model which may seem to be supported by the simulations.

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Parisi, Domenico; Antinucci, Francesco; Natale, Francesco; Cecconi, Federico. Simulating the expansion of farming and the differentiation of European languages. Origin and Evolution of Languages - Approaches, Models, Paradigms. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 192 - 214 May 2008. ISBN 9781845535537. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=19031. Date accessed: 03 Dec 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19031. May 2008

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