Iterated Learning of Sound Systems and the Emergence of Tone Categories

Tessa Verhoef, Bart De Boer

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In this abstract we investigate whether emerging sets of signals in cultural evolution experiments show similar structural tendencies as the worlds tone languages. An iterated learning experiment (Kirby, Cornish, & Smith, 2008) was conducted with human participants. The reduced complexity of the pitch contours in the final sets increase their similarity to the tones found in human languages. As (native) speakers of tone lan- guages did not participate, this increased similarity cannot be due to pre-existing tone language knowledge. We would like to argue that processes of simplification triggered by iterated learning and functional constraints can explain some of the tendencies found in tone languages.
Originele taal-2English
TitelThe Evolution of Language
SubtitelProceedings of the Evolution of Language Conference (EVOLANG X)
RedacteurenErica A. Cartmill, Seán Roberts, Heidi Lyn, Hannah Cornish
UitgeverijWorld Scientific Publishing
Aantal pagina's2
ISBN van geprinte versie978-981-4603-62-1
StatusPublished - 14 apr 2014
Evenement10th International Conference on the Evolution of Language, EVOLANG X - Vienna, Austria
Duur: 14 apr 201417 apr 2014

Conference

Conference10th International Conference on the Evolution of Language, EVOLANG X
Land/RegioAustria
StadVienna
Periode14/04/1417/04/14

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