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Title: The Self-Organization of Combinatoriality and Phonotactics in Vocalization Systems
Paper URL: http://www.csl.sony.fr/~py/publications.htm
Author: Pierre-Yves Oudeyer
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Homepage: http://www.csl.sony.fr/~py
Institution: Sony Computer Science Laboratory, Paris
Linguistic Field: Historical Linguistics; Phonetics; Sociolinguistics
Abstract: 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.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: Connection Science
Publication Info: Oudeyer, P-Y. (2005). The Self-Organization of Combinatoriality and Phonotactics in Vocalization Systems, Connection Science, 17 (3-4), pp. 325--341.
URL: http://www.csl.sony.fr/~py/publications.htm


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