Syntactic, Semantic and Computational Recursivity in the Language of Solenopsis Invicta

Assistant Professor Mihnea Capraru

Date
Friday, October 13, 2017
Time
3:30 p.m.
Location
Description
According to N. Chomsky in linguistics and beyond, human language is the only communication system that recursively generates inductively-defined representations in order to create, by finite means, infinitely many structures. This article argues that recursivity is present, and serves a similar function, in the communication systems of the ants. The particularly well-researched fire ant S. invicta is used as a case study to illustrate how finite means are deployed within parallel algorithms.
Cost
Free
Contact
263-3700, cschutte@wisc.edu
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