Language Evolution and Computation Research Unit,; School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences,; The University of Edinburgh,
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Human language is unique among the communication systems of the natural world. The vocabulary of human language is unique in being both culturally-transmitted and symbolic. In this paper I present an investigation into the factors involved in the evolution of such vocabulary systems. I investigate both the cultural evolution of vocabulary systems and the biological evolution of learning rules for vocabulary acquisition.