@misc{cogprints5148, volume = {17}, number = {3-4}, title = {The self-organization of combinatoriality and phonotactics in vocalization systems}, author = {Dr. P-Y. Oudeyer}, year = {2005}, pages = {325--341}, journal = { Connection Science}, keywords = {Origins of speech; Self-organization; Evolution; Phonetics; Phonology; Combinatoriality}, url = {http://cogprints.org/5148/}, abstract = {This paper shows how a society of agents can self-organize a shared vocalization system that is discrete, combinatorial and has a form of primitive phonotactics, starting from holistic inarticulate vocalizations. The originality of the system is that: (1) it does not include any explicit pressure for communication; (2) agents do not possess capabilities of coordinated interactions, in particular they do not play language games; (3) agents possess no specific linguistic capacities; and (4) initially there exists no convention that agents can use. As a consequence, the system shows how a primitive speech code may bootstrap in the absence of a communication system between agents, i.e. before the appearance of language.} }