publication . Article . Preprint . 2005

Phase transition in a sexual age-structured model of learning foreign languages

Schwammle, Veit;
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  • Published: 02 Sep 2005 Journal: International Journal of Modern Physics C, volume 17, pages 103-111 (issn: 0129-1831, eissn: 1793-6586, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: World Scientific Pub Co Pte Lt
Abstract
The understanding of language competition helps us to predict extinction and survival of languages spoken by minorities. A simple agent-based model of a sexual population, based on the Penna model, is built in order to find out under which circumstances one language dominates other ones. This model considers that only young people learn foreign languages. The simulations show a first order phase transition where the ratio between the number of speakers of different languages is the order parameter and the mutation rate is the control one.
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free text keywords: Mathematical Physics, Computational Theory and Mathematics, General Physics and Astronomy, Statistical and Nonlinear Physics, Computer Science Applications, Phase transition, Extinction, Natural language processing, computer.software_genre, computer, Computer science, Structured model, Population, education.field_of_study, education, Foreign language, Artificial intelligence, business.industry, business, Physics - Physics and Society

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publication . Article . Preprint . 2005

Phase transition in a sexual age-structured model of learning foreign languages

Schwammle, Veit;