Steels, L. and Oudeyer, P-Y. The cultural evolution of syntactic constraints in phonology. Artificial Life VII: Proceedings of the seventh International Conference on Artificial Life, pages 382-394, Cambridge, MA, 2000 The MIT Press.

Sony CSL authors: Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, Luc Steels

Abstract

The paper reports on an experiment in which a group of autonomous agents self-organises through cultural evolution constraints on the combination of the individual sounds (phonemes) in their repertoires. We use a selectionist approach whereby a repertoire evolves by mutations of patterns, constrained by functional pressures from perception and production and the need to conform to the group.

Keywords: evolutionary linguistics, phonology, syntactic constraints, agents, agents, embodiment

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@INPROCEEDINGS { steels:00b, ADDRESS="Cambridge, MA", AUTHOR="Steels, L. and Oudeyer, P-Y.", BOOKTITLE="Artificial Life VII: Proceedings of the seventh International Conference on Artificial Life", JOURNAL="Proceedings of the VIIth Artificial life conference (Alife 7), MIT Press", PAGES="382--394", PUBLISHER="The MIT Press", TITLE="The cultural evolution of syntactic constraints in phonology", YEAR="2000", }