Syntactic, Semantic and Computational Recursivity in the Language of Solenopsis Invicta
Assistant Professor Mihnea Capraru
Friday, October 13, 2017
6191 Helen C. White Hall
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.