The self-organization of combinatoriality and phonotactics in vocalization systems

Oudeyer, Dr. P-Y. (2005) The self-organization of combinatoriality and phonotactics in vocalization systems. [Journal (Paginated)]

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This paper shows how a society of agents can self-organize a shared vocalization system that is discrete, combinatorial and has a form of primitive phonotactics, starting from holistic inarticulate vocalizations. The originality of the system is that: (1) it does not include any explicit pressure for communication; (2) agents do not possess capabilities of coordinated interactions, in particular they do not play language games; (3) agents possess no specific linguistic capacities; and (4) initially there exists no convention that agents can use. As a consequence, the system shows how a primitive speech code may bootstrap in the absence of a communication system between agents, i.e. before the appearance of language.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:Origins of speech; Self-organization; Evolution; Phonetics; Phonology; Combinatoriality
Subjects:Neuroscience > Neural Modelling
Linguistics > Phonology
ID Code:5148
Deposited By:Oudeyer, Pierre-Yves
Deposited On:17 Sep 2006
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:56

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