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.
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
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