On the production and perception of syntactical regularities in zebra finches : experimenting with ABBA, ACDC and others

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On the production and perception of syntactical regularities in zebra finches : experimenting with ABBA, ACDC and others

Title: On the production and perception of syntactical regularities in zebra finches : experimenting with ABBA, ACDC and others
Author: Heijningen, Cornelia Adriana Anna van
Publisher: Department of Behavioural Biology, Institute of Biology (IBL), Faculty of Science, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2012-10-04
Keywords: Zebra finches
Songbirds
Artificial language learning
Behavioural biology
Evolution
Discrimination learning
Rule learning
Syntax
Abstract: Natural zebra finch song contains heterogeneity in the relative distribution of element types across 13 populations worldwide, but compared between individuals it contains relatively little structural constraints or rules in the order of elements. In contrast, from a perception point of view, zebra finches are able to detect differences in song structure and are able to learn rules to generalize these regularities to new element types in some instances, a hallmark of human language. This ability might seem conflicting with the absences of clear structural rules in their own natural songs, but it might be that these rule learning/detection mechanisms operate in a more general cognitive context, which has also been suggested for some mechanisms found in human artificial language learning.
Description: Promotor: C.J. ten Cate
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen
Citation: Heijningen, C.A.A. van, 2012, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
ISBN: 9789490858124
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/19921
 

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