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Evolutionary fitness, homophony and disambiguation through sequential processes

@inproceedings{Lyon2004EvolutionaryFH,
  title={Evolutionary fitness, homophony and disambiguation through sequential processes},
  author={Caroline Lyon and Chrystopher L. Nehaniv and Sandra Warren and Jean-Christophe Baillie and Caroline Lyon},
  year={2004}
}
Human language may have evolved through a stage when words were combined into structured linear segments, before these segments were used as building blocks for a hierarchical grammar. Experiments using information theoretic metrics show that such a stage could have its own evolutionary advantage, before the benefits of a full grammar are obtained. This hypothesis is approached by examining the apparently ubiquitous prevalence of homophones. It shows how, perhaps contrary to expectation… 

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