Constrained Emergence of Universals and Variation in Syllable Systems

@article{Redford2001ConstrainedEO,
  title={Constrained Emergence of Universals and Variation in Syllable Systems},
  author={M. Redford and Chun Chi Chen and Risto Mkkulainen},
  journal={Language and Speech},
  year={2001},
  volume={44},
  pages={27 - 56}
}
A computational model of emergent syllable systems is developed based on a set of functional constraints on syllable systems and the assumption that language structure emerges through cumulative change over time. The constraints were derived from general communicative factors as well as from the phonetic principles of perceptual distinctiveness and articulatory ease. Through evolutionary optimization, the model generated mock vocabularies optimized for the given constraints. Several simulations… Expand
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