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For her PhD thesis, Tessa Verhoef seeks to answer to the question of how structure arises in speech. Because natural language already has structure and regularities, Verhoef uses a complete new language: one that is not spoken but whistled. She hereby discovers that sound structure in language emerges through transmission from generation to generation.

Event details of Cultural evolution and the emergence of structure in artificial languages
Date 27 September 2013
Time 12:00 -13:00
Location Agnietenkapel

T. Verhoef, Efficient Coding in Speech Sounds: Cultural Evolution and the Emergence of Structure in Artificial Languages.


Prof. P.P.G. Boersma
Prof. S.M. Kirby (University of Edinburgh)


Prof. B.G. de Boer


Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229 - 231
1012 EZ Amsterdam


Free of charge