People Can Create Iconic Vocalizations to Communicate Various Meanings to Naïve Listeners

  title={People Can Create Iconic Vocalizations to Communicate Various Meanings to Na{\"i}ve Listeners},
  author={Marcus Perlman and Gary Lupyan},
  booktitle={Scientific reports},
The innovation of iconic gestures is essential to establishing the vocabularies of signed languages, but might iconicity also play a role in the origin of spoken words? Can people create novel vocalizations that are comprehensible to naïve listeners without prior convention? We launched a contest in which participants submitted non-linguistic vocalizations for 30 meanings spanning actions, humans, animals, inanimate objects, properties, quantifiers and demonstratives. The winner was determined… CONTINUE READING
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