Origin of Languages: Neural Networks Created Language (pp.57-86)
Authors: (Setsuo Ohsuga, University of Tokyo, Japan)
Abstract: A view on language origins is presented. In this view it is shown that biological
system created language. Neural networks are created in every living thing by a natural
law. It is shown that this law is the same as the grammar of a kernel language of all
languages. The author calls the law an implicit grammar. Every neural network that is
created under this law for meeting the surviving condition is therefore a representation of
a sentence of this kernel language. By identifying a specific neural network structure to
represent a specific concept, and making a connection between this structure and an
externalization mechanism such as voice generator, an external expression of internal
concept can be made. This is the origin of languages. A model of this language creation is
presented and it is shown that various aspects of language development can be explained
based on this model.
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