The effect of physical articulation constraints on the emergence of combinatorial structure

Hannah Ruth Little, Kerem Eryilmaz, Bart De Boer (Redacteur)

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Language has "duality of patterning", which is structure on both a compositional and a combinatorial level. Compositional structure is the combination of meaningful elements into bigger meaningful structures. Combinatorial structure is the phonological combination of small meaningless units into a potentially infinite number of meaningful units.
Despite "duality of patterning" being named by Hockett (1960) as one of the basic design features of human language, empirical work exploring the emergence of combinatorial structure is still very much in its infancy. Techniques to test existing hypotheses regarding the emergence of phonological structure have only recently been developed, and the strengths and weaknesses within this ongoing
work are generating new hypotheses which also need to be tested. The current contribution will outline the existing hypotheses on how combinatorial structure first emerged in language before focusing on hypotheses pertaining to the modality, size and shape of the articulation space. We will then outline existing experimental and computational work which tests the effects of physical articulation
constraints on the emergence of combinatorial structure, along with our own ongoing work, and the scope for future work in this area.
Originele taal-2English
TitelThe proceedings of the EVOLANG X Workshop on evolution of signals, speech and signs.
RedacteurenBart De Boer, Tessa Verhoef
Pagina's11-17
Aantal pagina's5
StatusPublished - 14 apr 2014
EvenementEVOLANG X Workshop on evolution of signals, speech and signs. - Vienna, Austria
Duur: 14 apr 201417 apr 2014

Publicatie series

NaamThe proceedings of the EVOLANG X Workshop on evolution of signals, speech and signs.

Workshop

WorkshopEVOLANG X Workshop on evolution of signals, speech and signs.
Land/RegioAustria
StadVienna
Periode14/04/1417/04/14

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Bart de Boer and Tessa Verhoef

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