Long summer days: grounded learning of words for the uneven cycles of real world events

Heath, Scott, Schulz, Ruth, Ball, David and Wiles, Janet (2012) Long summer days: grounded learning of words for the uneven cycles of real world events. IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development, 4 3: 6236014.192-6236014.203. doi:10.1109/TAMD.2012.2207455

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Author Heath, Scott
Schulz, Ruth
Ball, David
Wiles, Janet
Title Long summer days: grounded learning of words for the uneven cycles of real world events
Journal name IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1943-0604
Publication date 2012-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1109/TAMD.2012.2207455
Volume 4
Issue 3
Start page 6236014.192
End page 6236014.203
Total pages 12
Place of publication Piscataway, NJ United States
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Time and space are fundamental to human language and embodied cognition. In our early work we investigated how Lingodroids, robots with the ability to build their own maps, could evolve their own geopersonal spatial language. In subsequent studies we extended the framework developed for learning spatial concepts and words to learning temporal intervals. This paper considers a new aspect of time, the naming of concepts like morning, afternoon, dawn, and dusk, which are events that are part of day-night cycles, but are not defined by specific time points on a clock. Grounding of such terms refers to events and features of the diurnal cycle, such as light levels. We studied event-based time in which robots experienced day-night cycles that varied with the seasons throughout a year. Then we used meet-at tasks to demonstrate that the words learned were grounded, where the times to meet were morning and afternoon, rather than specific clock times. The studies show how words and concepts for a novel aspect of cyclic time can be grounded through experience with events rather than by times as measured by clocks or calendars
Keyword Cognitive maps
Evolution of language
Temporal concepts
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article No. 6236014

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