Theory: human language usage is a communication component of complex skills, along with perception and action. Language is based on the evolution of skills among vertebrates.     Methodology: investigated with analyses of information processing requirements and feasibility studies
Organization      Pages: Interactive modules in blue
Future pages in green
Title Page
Notice and Disclaimer
Introduction to the research study
Framework for the research study
Introduction to the methodology underlying the research
Information flow for innate skills:
From DNA to the brain, from the stored skill to action, perception, and out-bound communication
Information representation & processing for basic actionInner control of joint angles and the skeleton
Part 1: The basics of posing and action with an actor on a stagebasic information processing for poses and simple action
Part 2: The basics of perception: gravity and visionbasic information representations for visual perception of poses
The basics of out-bound communicationbasic information broadcasting as simple action
The consequences of basic action in the worldVisible motion of the skeleton
Part 3: The physics for locating an actor on a stageexternal, real world parameters relating the actor to the stage
The physics of out-bound communicationsimple actions also broadcast information
simple, probably innate, skilled actionsTwo examples of simple skilled actions that integrate perception
Part 4: Simple behavioural mimicry - same speciesminimal information processing for mimicking poses and simple action
Part 5: Spontaneous action such as curiosity-driven explorationinformation processing for experimenting by moving in different directions with or without planning
simple skilled actions that may involve prediction and planninginternal processing (simulation?) above and beyond playback of skilled action components
Part 6: Following a target or chasing preyinformation processing for directions with or without simple prediction and planning
Evolution from an information processing perspective
The model: Information processing mechanisms underlying evolutionLearning with successive populations
Part 7: A simple and abstract model of the basic process of evolutionvariability and selection for copying attributes such as skills from one generation to the next
Part 8: Attribute evolution, in 2 dimensionssingle parent, 2 attributes, and a highly simplified geography
Part 9: 2 parents and 2 attributesadding localized mating competition to selection
Applying the mechanisms of evolution to skillsCopying, selection, and variation with skill-learning by mimicry
Part 8: Copying skills through DNAVariations that keep skill coherence?
Part 9: Mimicry for the evolution of skillsImprinting, apprenticeship as a second channel for evolution-based learning/improving skills
Part 10: experimentation for the within-individual evolution of skillswithin-individual learning and improvement for successive collections of skills in memory
'Inner' information storage and transmission
The representation of complex skillsChoreographing skilled action with an 'inner language'
The components of skilled actionaction, objects, time, direction
one-way and two-way information flowfrom DNA to action, and learning
compressioninformation storage
Part 11: An 'inner language' for the information processing of skillsinformation representation for innate skills, suitable for DNA
The relationship between evolution, skilled action, and languagean older points and pictures discussion on language and evolution (static)
Multi-individual skills requiring inter-individual communication as an additional integrated component of skilled action
'outer communication' for skills requiring coordinated actionUsing behavioural signals, vision, and sound: Adding communication to perception and action
One-way communication such as alerting and advertisingwarning, mate selection
Two-way communication for coordinationtiming, positioning, role selection
Structured apprenticeship and schoolingassigned roles for leader/master/teacher and student
Evolution of human spoken languageindependent of inner language, but draws on its structures
DNA-based componentssound-based mimicry, eye-hand mimicry, etc.
Within-individual evolution of speech and hearing skillsbabble and sound discrimination skills have local differential selection for different languages
Mimicry of sound production and linking auditory perception to pointingalso dependent on local selection rules
There is likely no shared semantic spaceprofessional schools and other apprenticeships produce overlapping islands of meaning
The oral traditionstories and tales that explain and instruct
mimicry through instruction manualslanguage in schooling?
printing - the Web and Googleinformation access
Evolution based on language
Evolution using language as copying mechanismdistinct knowledge elements as individuals in a semantic space
stories, metaphors, myths, and scientific theoriescontent is copied, varied, and selected
money, corporations, politics, advertisinglargely language-based constructs that appear to evolve over time by copying, varying, and selection
Requirements, constraints, and feasibilitystudies for the design of complex system
key design risksincremental design and prototyping
Extraspresentations, not yet integrated, or older
PresentationsIE only, will be fixed later
top TOC for the 'humble' collection - a static approacha more static and pictorial explanation of how the theory works, not yet interactive
An outline of sorts in the form of a TOC6 nested stories
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Prior research
Thesis on language comprehension
The automated research assistant: learning the language of science