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Depositordc.contributorSchouwstra, Marieke
Funderdc.contributor.otherBA - British Academyen_UK
Time Perioddc.coverage.temporalstart=2014-05-01; end=2016-02-25; scheme=W3C-DTFen
Data Creatordc.creatorSchouwstra, Marieke
Data Creatordc.creatorSmith, Kenny
Data Creatordc.creatorKirby, Simon
Citationdc.identifier.citationSchouwstra, Marieke; Smith, Kenny; Kirby, Simon. (2020). The emergence of word order conventions: improvisation, interaction and transmission, 2014-2016 [dataset]. University of Edinburgh.
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Dataset Description (abstract)dc.description.abstractWe present an experimental paradigm in which initially-improvised silent gesture is both used for communication and culturally transmitted through artificial generations of lab participants. In experiments 1 and 2 we investigate the respective contributions of communicative interaction and cultural transmission on natural word order behaviour. We show that both interaction and iterated learning lead to a simplification of the word order regime, and the way in which this unfolds over time is surprisingly similar under the two mechanisms. The resulting dominant word order is mostly SVO, the order of the native language of our participants. In experiment 3, we manipulate the frequency of different semantic event types, and show that this can allow SOV order, rather than SVO order, to conventionalise.en_UK
Dataset Description (TOC)dc.description.tableofcontentsThe video data stored in this repository are from a lab-based experiment in which hearing English speaking participants were asked to communicate with a partner using only gesture and no speech. Participants took part in pairs, in either an interaction+transmission (exp. 1 and exp 3a) or an interaction-only setup (exp 2 and exp3b). In both designs, 6 generations were recorded for each session (in 6x2 separate videos, one for each communicating participant). The session numbers correspond to the ID tags in the data files. The session numbers are unique, and are organised as follows: exp1: ID 25--32 exp2: ID 1--12 exp3a: ID 33--40 exp3b: ID 13--24 For instance, to find the first generation of the first session of exp 2, you would navigate to the folder for exp2, and for the corresponding ID (1). In that folder you will find two videos labeled '01A' and 01B'. All participants included here gave consent for their video data to be shared publicly. For two full sessions (IDs 22 and 23) as well as four generations (gens 1 and 2 of ID 37, and gen 5 and 6 of ID 38), participants did not and so their data is not included in this dataset. The corresponding analysis data and linked manuscript reporting the study can be found at
Publisherdc.publisherUniversity of Edinburghen_UK
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Relation (Is Referenced By)dc.relation.isreferencedbySchouwstra, Marieke, Kenny Smith, and Simon Kirby. 2020. “The Emergence of Word Order Conventions: Improvisation, Interaction and Transmission.” PsyArXiv. June 3. doi:10.31234/
Rightsdc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public Licenseen
Subjectdc.subjectsilent gestureen_UK
Subjectdc.subjectbasic word orderen_UK
Subjectdc.subjectiterated learningen_UK
Subjectdc.subjectcommunicative interactionen_UK
Subjectdc.subjectlanguage evolutionen_UK
Subjectdc.subjectlanguage emergenceen_UK
Subjectdc.subjectstructural primingen_UK
Subjectdc.subjectthe evolution of word order conventionsen_UK
Subject Classificationdc.subject.classificationLinguistics Classics and related subjectsen_UK
Titledc.titleThe emergence of word order conventions: improvisation, interaction and transmissionen_UK

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