A Comparative Perspective on the Role of Acoustic Cues in Detecting Language Structure

  • Authors
  • Mueller, Jutta; ten Cate, Carel; Toro, Juan Manuel
  • UPF authors
  • TORO SOTO, JUAN MANUEL;
  • Type
  • Scholarly articles
  • Journal títle
  • Topics in Cognitive Science
  • Publication year
  • 2020
  • Pages
  • 1-16
  • ISSN
  • 1756-8757
  • Publication State
  • Published
  • Abstract
  • Most human language learners acquire language primarily via the auditory modality. This is one reason why auditory artificial grammars play a prominent role in the investigation of the development and evolutionary roots of human syntax. The present position paper brings together findings from human and non-human research on the impact of auditory cues on learning about linguistic structures with a special focus on how different types of cues and biases in auditory cognition may contribute to success and failure in artificial grammar learning (AGL). The basis of our argument is the link between auditory cues and syntactic structure across languages and development. Cross-species comparison suggests that many aspects of auditory cognition that are relevant for language are not human specific and are present even in rather distantly related species. Furthermore, auditory cues and biases impact on learning, which we will discuss in the example of auditory perception and AGL studies. This observation, together with the significant role of auditory cues in language processing, supports the idea that auditory cues served as a bootstrap to syntax during language evolution. Yet this also means that potentially human-specific syntactic abilities are not due to basic auditory differences between humans and non-human animals but are based upon more advanced cognitive processes.
  • Complete citation
  • Mueller, Jutta; ten Cate, Carel; Toro, Juan Manuel. A Comparative Perspective on the Role of Acoustic Cues in Detecting Language Structure. Topics in Cognitive Science 2020; ( ): 1-16.
Bibliometric indicators
  • 5 times cited Scopus
  • 5 times cited WOS
  • Índex Scimago de 1.191(2020)