If I assume evolution of language took place over time, I am curious as to what can be the initial population of words or syllable or anything.

Lets say I am about to write a algorithm to evolve certain language. How do I start with it? What can the inital data set?

  • Can you define "evolution" in the context of your question? I'm not sure if linguists use that term with the same meaning you are intending. Sep 8, 2013 at 10:43
  • There are many approaches on Simulated evolution of languages. Each of them has its own (1) initial data set; (2) evolution rules, like branching, reduction, complication, adoption, and many others; (3) extinction criteria; (4) random events. I believe you have to choose an entire set of these four. And, certainly, read the existing works on the topic. Sep 8, 2013 at 10:53
  • I'm not sure if this is a computational linguistics question or a "philosophical" question. Please clarify it and add the appropriate tag if the former is true. Sep 8, 2013 at 15:23


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