Oudeyer P-Y. A Unified Model for the Origins of Phonemically Coded Syllables Systems. In Laurence Erlbaum Associates, editor, Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 2002

Sony CSL authors: Pierre-Yves Oudeyer

Abstract

Human sound systems are invariably phonemically coded, which means that there are parts of syl- lables that are re-used in other syllables. It is one of the most primitive compositional system in language. To explain this phenomenon, there ex- isted so far three kinds of approaches : Chom- skyan"/cognitive innatism, morpho-perceptual in- natism and the more recent approach of language as a complex cultural system which adapts under the pressure of efficient communication". We pro- posed in (Oudeyer 2002) a new hypothesis based on a low-level model of sensory-motor interactions, characterized by the absence of functional pressure and the use of very generic neural devices. This paper presents a united model of the origins of syl- lable systems which does allow a comparison of the different hypothesis on the same ground. We show that our hypothesis is the only one to be suÆcient, and that all others are not necesary. Moreover, the model we present the first that shows how a popula- tion of agents can build culturally a complex sound systems without the assumption that they already share a phonemic repertoire.

Keywords: origins, syllables, phonemically

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@INPROCEEDINGS { oudeyer:02d, AUTHOR="Oudeyer P-Y.", BOOKTITLE="Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society", EDITOR="Laurence Erlbaum Associates", TITLE="A Unified Model for the Origins of Phonemically Coded Syllables Systems", YEAR="2002", }