Oudeyer, P-Y. The self-organisation of combinatoriality and phonotactics in vocalisation systems. Connection Science, 17(3-4):pp. 325-341, 2005.

Sony CSL authors: Pierre-Yves Oudeyer


This paper shows how a society of agents can self-organise a shared vocalisation system which is discrete, combinatorial, and has a form of primitive phonotactics, starting from holistic inarticulate vocalisations. The originality of the system is that: 1) it does not include any explicit pressure for communication; 2) agents do not possess capabilities of coordinated interactions, in particular they do not play language games; 3) agents possess no specific linguistic capacities; 4) initially there exist no convention that agent can use. As a consequence, the system shows how a primitive speech code may bootstrap in the absence of a communication system between agents, i.e. before the appearance of language.

Keywords: origins of speech, self-organisation, evolution, phonetics, phonetics, combinatoriality


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@ARTICLE { oudeyer:05e, AUTHOR="Oudeyer, P-Y.", JOURNAL="Connection Science", NUMBER="3-4", PAGES="pp. 325--341", TITLE="The self-organisation of combinatoriality and phonotactics in vocalisation systems", VOLUME="17", YEAR="2005", }