Phonology: An emergent consequence of memory  

Francisco Lacerda

Submitted to COST (Cross-linguistic studies of dyslexia and early language development)


This paper presents a theoretical model that attempts to account for the early stages of language acquisition in terms of interaction between biological constraints and input characteristics. The model uses the implications of stochastic representations of the sensory input in a volatile and limited memory. It is argued that phonological structure is a consequence of limited memory resources under the pressure of ecologically relevant multisensory information.

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