In LIMBO we have explored latching dynamics in simplified cortical networks as a model of spontaneous production, for example of sentences.
Latching, or jumping from one attractor state to the next, emerges beyond a critical value of network connectivity, without any change or extra ingredient in organization, a clue to the possible evolutionary path of a cortex capable of sustaining language.
In departing from the simplest model towards the complexity of real languages, however, we face the major effect of correlations and of the resulting disorder-dominated dynamics, which call for the refinement and application of statistical physics tools to linguistic data.
May the faculty of language emerge from a glassy phase transition?
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