The Self-Organization of Speech Sounds

  title={The Self-Organization of Speech Sounds},
  author={Pierre-Yves Oudeyer},
  journal={Journal of theoretical biology},
  volume={233 3},
  • P. Oudeyer
  • Published 22 February 2005
  • Computer Science
  • Journal of theoretical biology


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