Self-organization In The Evolution Of Speech

Paperback | April 6, 2006

byPierre-Yves Oudeyer

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Speech is the principal supporting medium of language. In this book Pierre-Yves Oudeyer considers how spoken language first emerged. He presents an original and integrated view of the interactions between self-organization and natural selection, reformulates questions about the origins ofspeech, and puts forward what at first sight appears to be a startling proposal - that speech can be spontaneously generated by the coupling of evolutionarily simple neural structures connecting perception and production. He explores this hypothesis by constructing a computational system to modelthe effects of linking auditory and vocal motor neural nets. He shows that a population of agents which used holistic and unarticulated vocalizations at the outset are inexorably led to a state in which their vocalizations have become discrete, combinatorial, and categorized in the same way by allgroup members. Furthermore, the simple syntactic rules that have emerged to regulate the combinations of sounds exhibit the fundamental properties of modern human speech systems.This original and fascinating account will interest all those interested in the evolution of speech.

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Speech is the principal supporting medium of language. In this book Pierre-Yves Oudeyer considers how spoken language first emerged. He presents an original and integrated view of the interactions between self-organization and natural selection, reformulates questions about the origins ofspeech, and puts forward what at first sight app...

Pierre-Oudeyer is a researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratory, Paris. He studies the origins and evolution of language, and is a specialist of computer modelling, including robotic systems, artificial intelligence, and developmental systems. His work on the origins of speech was awarded the French Prix Le Monde de la recherche un...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.47 inPublished:April 6, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199289158

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Table of Contents

1. The Self-Organization Revolution in Science2. The Human Speech Code3. Self-Organization and Evolution4. Existing Theories5. Artificial Systems as Research Tools for Natural Sciences6. The Artificial System7. Learning Perceptuo-Motor Correspondences8. Strong Combinatoriality and Phonotactics9. New Scenarios10. Constructing for UnderstandingReferencesIndex