Holistic or Synthetic Protolanguage: Evidence from Iterated Learning of Whistled Signals

Tessa Verhoef, Bart De Boer, Simon Kirby

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Many arguments have been proposed in favor of and against the idea of protolanguage as a set of holistic utterances that were later segmented into words. This paper presents data from a human iterated learning experiment which corroborates arguments in favor of holistic protolanguage and forms a counterexample to some of the arguments that were proposed against it. This experiment involves iterated learning and recall of a set of (initially) holistic whistles produced with a slide whistle. Over generations, the whistle sets become easier to learn and discrete, combinatorial structure emerges.
Originele taal-2English
TitelThe Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 9th international conference (EVOLANG9)
RedacteurenT. Scott-phillips, M. Tamariz, E.a. Cartmill, J.r. Hurford
Plaats van productieHackensack, NJ
UitgeverijWorld Scientific Publishing
Pagina's368-375
Aantal pagina's8
ISBN van geprinte versie981-4401-49-8
StatusPublished - 14 mrt 2012
EvenementUnknown - Kyoto, Japan
Duur: 13 mrt 201216 mrt 2012

Publicatie series

NaamThe Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 9th international conference (EVOLANG9)

Conference

ConferenceUnknown
Verkorte titelevolang9
Land/RegioJapan
StadKyoto
Periode13/03/1216/03/12

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T. Scott-Phillips, M. Tamariz, E.A. Cartmill, J.R. Hurford

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