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A guide to English grammar and usage for the twenty-first century, pairing grammar rules with interesting and humorous quotations from American popular culture.

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Title: The Origins of Vowel Systems
Written By: Bart de Boer
Series Title: Studies in the Evolution of Language

This book addresses universal tendencies of human vowel systems from the point of view of self-organization. It uses computer simulations to show that the same universal tendencies found in human languages can be reproduced in a population of artificial agents. These agents learn and use vowels with human-like perception and production, using a learning algorithm that is cognitively plausible. The implications of these results for the evolution of language are then explored.

Publication Year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
Cognitive Science
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0198299656
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 182
Prices: £35.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0198299664
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 182
Prices: £12.99