Regularisation, systematicity and naturalness in a silent gesture learning task

Yasamin Motamedi-Mousavi, Lucie Wolters, Danielle Naegeli, Marieke Schouwstra, Simon Kirby

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Abstract

Typological analysis of the world’s language shows that, of the 6 possible basic word orders, SOV and SVO orders are predominant, a preference supported by experimental studies in which participants improvise gestures to describe events. Silent gesture studies have also provided evidence for natural ordering patterns, where SOV and SVO orders are used selectively depending on the semantics of the event, a finding recently supported by data from natural sign languages. We present an artificial language learning task using gesture to ask to what extent preferences for natural ordering patterns, in addition to biases for regular languages, are at play during learning in the manual modality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
Pages1451-1457
Volume43
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event43rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Comparative Cognition: Animal Minds, CogSci 2021 - Virtual, Online, Austria
Duration: 26 Jul 202129 Jul 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
Publisher eScholarship Publishing
Number43
ISSN (Electronic)1069-7977

Conference

Conference43rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society: Comparative Cognition: Animal Minds, CogSci 2021
Country/TerritoryAustria
CityVirtual, Online
Period26/07/2129/07/21

Keywords

  • silent gesture
  • constituent order
  • learning
  • regularization

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