Combinatorial structure and iconicity in artificial whistled languages

Tessa Verhoef, Simon Kirby, Bart De Boer

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This article reports on an experiment in which artificial lan-
guages with whistle words for novel objects are culturally
transmitted in the laboratory. The aim of this study is to in-
vestigate the origins and evolution of combinatorial structure
in speech. Participants learned the whistled language and re-
produced the sounds with the use of a slide whistle. Their
reproductions were used as input for the next participant. Cul-
tural transmission caused the whistled systems to become more
learnable and more structured. In addition, two conditions
were studied: one in which the use of iconic form-meaning
mappings was possible and one in which the use of iconic map-
pings was experimentally made impossible, so that we could
investigate the influence of iconicity on the emergence of structure.
Originele taal-2English
TitelCooperative Minds: Social Interaction and Group Dynamics Proceedings of the 3 5 th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
RedacteurenM. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, Wachsmuth I.
Plaats van productieAustin (TX)
UitgeverijCognitive Science Society
Aantal pagina's6
ISBN van geprinte versie978-0-9768318-9-1
StatusPublished - 2013
EvenementUnknown - Berlin, Germany
Duur: 31 jul 20133 aug 2013


Verkorte titelCogsci 2013

Bibliografische nota

Knauff, M., Pauen, M., Sebanz, N. and Wachsmuth I.


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