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Published: 25 October 2001

184 Pages | 37 figures

ISBN: 9780198299660


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The Origins of Vowel Systems

Bart de Boer

Oxford Studies in the Evolution of Language

This book addresses universal tendencies of human vowel systems from the point of view of self-organization. It uses computer simulations to show that the same universal tendencies found in human languages can be reproduced in a population of artificial agents. These agents learn and use vowels with human-like perception and production, using a learning algorithm that is cognitively plausible. The implications of these results for the evolution of language are then explored.

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