Language Evolution and Tetris!

Hello, people of the Blogosphere!

Why not take some time out from your dedicated reading to do a little language evolution experiment!  And all you have to do is play Tetris!

The Evolution of Tetris

... and learn an alien language.  It takes no more than 10 minutes.

The instructions and game are here:

http://blake.ppls.ed.ac.uk/~s0451342/tetris/Tetris_Experiment.htm

Due to me being a terrible programmer, it'll probably crash or do some weird things.  But it's all in the name of pseudo-science!

P.S. - users of the latest Firefox will need to update java.

  • The Tetris game does not work. I fill a line, and keep colors together, but nothing happens.

    The language is also very difficult because there is a unique word for each color-shape pair. I did not realize that at first and only focused on the shape. This is also a problem because the colors are very hard to tell apart; they are all similar pastel shades.

  • Thanks for the feedback - I've tried to rectify the problems. It's interesting you didn't realise that the colour dimension had meanings - I'll talk more about this when I get more data...

  • Hello, everything worked for me, although my arrows couldn't get the blocks to move at first but it got it going after I pased and then unpaused, seems to be some sort of glitch in the programming.

    Kudos on the addictive web-based way of collecting data.