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Self-Organization in the Evolution of Speech
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Self-Organization in the Evolution of Speech

Pierre-Yves Oudeyer


Speech is the principal supporting medium of language. This book considers how spoken language first emerged. It gives an original and integrated view of the interactions between self-organization and natural selection, reformulates questions about the origins of speech, and puts forward what at first sight appears to be a startling proposal — that speech can be spontaneously generated by the coupling of evolutionarily simple neural structures connecting perception and production. It explores this hypothesis by constructing a computational system to model the effects of linking auditory and vo ... More

Keywords: speech, spoken language, self-organization, natural selection, origins of speech, perception, production, computational system, human speech systems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199289158
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289158.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, author
Sony Computer Science Laboratory, Paris