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Pages 1999-1205
First published 2 September 2013

Evolutionary Explanations for Spatial Language - A Case Study on Landmarks

Michael Spranger


This paper reports on latest results from a larger research program trying to understand the computational principles behind the processing, acquisition and evolution of spatial language. Here we explore an evolutionary explanation of spatial landmarks by carrying out detailed computational experiments. The paper discusses the necessary mechanisms for representing different strategies involving landmarks, their effect on success in communication and their impact on the formation of spatial relations.