Computational simulation of CV combination preferences in babbling

Hosung Nam, Louis M. Goldstein, Sara Giulivi, Andrea G. Levitt, D. H. Whalen

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

13 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

There is a tendency for spoken consonant-vowel (CV) syllables, in babbling in particular, to show preferred combinations: labial consonants with central vowels, alveolars with front, and velars with back. This pattern was first described by MacNeilage and Davis, who found the evidence compatible with their "frame-then-content" (F/C) model. F/C postulates that CV syllables in babbling are produced with no control of the tongue (and therefore effectively random tongue positions) but systematic oscillation of the jaw. Articulatory Phonology (AP; Browman and Goldstein) predicts that CV preferences will depend on the degree of synergy of tongue movements for the C and V. We present computational modeling of both accounts using articulatory synthesis. Simulations found better correlations between patterns in babbling and the AP account than with the F/C model. These results indicate that the underlying assumptions of the F/C model are not supported and that the AP account provides a better and account with broader coverage by showing that articulatory synergies influence all CV syllables, not just the most common ones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-77
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Phonetics
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Mar 1
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Tongue
simulation
synergy
Lip
Jaw
phonology
coverage
Computational Simulation
Babbling
Consonant
evidence
Synergy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing

Cite this

Nam, H., Goldstein, L. M., Giulivi, S., Levitt, A. G., & Whalen, D. H. (2013). Computational simulation of CV combination preferences in babbling. Journal of Phonetics, 41(2), 63-77. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wocn.2012.11.002

Computational simulation of CV combination preferences in babbling. / Nam, Hosung; Goldstein, Louis M.; Giulivi, Sara; Levitt, Andrea G.; Whalen, D. H.

In: Journal of Phonetics, Vol. 41, No. 2, 01.03.2013, p. 63-77.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Nam, H, Goldstein, LM, Giulivi, S, Levitt, AG & Whalen, DH 2013, 'Computational simulation of CV combination preferences in babbling', Journal of Phonetics, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 63-77. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wocn.2012.11.002
Nam, Hosung ; Goldstein, Louis M. ; Giulivi, Sara ; Levitt, Andrea G. ; Whalen, D. H. / Computational simulation of CV combination preferences in babbling. In: Journal of Phonetics. 2013 ; Vol. 41, No. 2. pp. 63-77.
@article{b689dc2e3c614f88b77b6ff56d867d04,
title = "Computational simulation of CV combination preferences in babbling",
abstract = "There is a tendency for spoken consonant-vowel (CV) syllables, in babbling in particular, to show preferred combinations: labial consonants with central vowels, alveolars with front, and velars with back. This pattern was first described by MacNeilage and Davis, who found the evidence compatible with their {"}frame-then-content{"} (F/C) model. F/C postulates that CV syllables in babbling are produced with no control of the tongue (and therefore effectively random tongue positions) but systematic oscillation of the jaw. Articulatory Phonology (AP; Browman and Goldstein) predicts that CV preferences will depend on the degree of synergy of tongue movements for the C and V. We present computational modeling of both accounts using articulatory synthesis. Simulations found better correlations between patterns in babbling and the AP account than with the F/C model. These results indicate that the underlying assumptions of the F/C model are not supported and that the AP account provides a better and account with broader coverage by showing that articulatory synergies influence all CV syllables, not just the most common ones.",
author = "Hosung Nam and Goldstein, {Louis M.} and Sara Giulivi and Levitt, {Andrea G.} and Whalen, {D. H.}",
year = "2013",
month = "3",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.wocn.2012.11.002",
language = "English",
volume = "41",
pages = "63--77",
journal = "Journal of Phonetics",
issn = "0095-4470",
publisher = "Academic Press Inc.",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Computational simulation of CV combination preferences in babbling

AU - Nam, Hosung

AU - Goldstein, Louis M.

AU - Giulivi, Sara

AU - Levitt, Andrea G.

AU - Whalen, D. H.

PY - 2013/3/1

Y1 - 2013/3/1

N2 - There is a tendency for spoken consonant-vowel (CV) syllables, in babbling in particular, to show preferred combinations: labial consonants with central vowels, alveolars with front, and velars with back. This pattern was first described by MacNeilage and Davis, who found the evidence compatible with their "frame-then-content" (F/C) model. F/C postulates that CV syllables in babbling are produced with no control of the tongue (and therefore effectively random tongue positions) but systematic oscillation of the jaw. Articulatory Phonology (AP; Browman and Goldstein) predicts that CV preferences will depend on the degree of synergy of tongue movements for the C and V. We present computational modeling of both accounts using articulatory synthesis. Simulations found better correlations between patterns in babbling and the AP account than with the F/C model. These results indicate that the underlying assumptions of the F/C model are not supported and that the AP account provides a better and account with broader coverage by showing that articulatory synergies influence all CV syllables, not just the most common ones.

AB - There is a tendency for spoken consonant-vowel (CV) syllables, in babbling in particular, to show preferred combinations: labial consonants with central vowels, alveolars with front, and velars with back. This pattern was first described by MacNeilage and Davis, who found the evidence compatible with their "frame-then-content" (F/C) model. F/C postulates that CV syllables in babbling are produced with no control of the tongue (and therefore effectively random tongue positions) but systematic oscillation of the jaw. Articulatory Phonology (AP; Browman and Goldstein) predicts that CV preferences will depend on the degree of synergy of tongue movements for the C and V. We present computational modeling of both accounts using articulatory synthesis. Simulations found better correlations between patterns in babbling and the AP account than with the F/C model. These results indicate that the underlying assumptions of the F/C model are not supported and that the AP account provides a better and account with broader coverage by showing that articulatory synergies influence all CV syllables, not just the most common ones.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84872416619&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84872416619&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.wocn.2012.11.002

DO - 10.1016/j.wocn.2012.11.002

M3 - Article

VL - 41

SP - 63

EP - 77

JO - Journal of Phonetics

JF - Journal of Phonetics

SN - 0095-4470

IS - 2

ER -