Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Language heterogeneity and self-organizing consciousness

William S.-Y. Wang a1 and Jinyun Ke a1
a1 Department of Electronic Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong SAR, China


While the current generative paradigm in linguistics leans heavily toward computation, investigations on conscious representations are much welcome. The SOC model examines the acquisition of complex representations in individuals. We note that heterogeneity of representation in populations is a central issue that must be addressed as well. In addition to the self-organizing processes proposed for the individual, interactions among individuals must be incorporated in any comprehensive account of language.