Robots - the new linguistic informants?

Stephen Cowley

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    Many have compared real robots with stars like HAL9000 and R2D2. Engineers and others who design such machines like to be reminded of movie heroes. As a result, while science fiction affects robotics, cognitive science also comes under the influence of the world of films. Below, this view is supplemented by taking the perspective of a person watcher. What is learned from observing real robots? What does this imply for both folk views of language and those of trained linguists?
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)359-369
    JournalConnection Science
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


    • symbol grounding
    • human-robot interaction
    • human-robot language
    • distributed cognition
    • language acquisition
    • distributed language


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