IJLLL 2018 Vol.4(2): 84-92 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2018.4.2.155

The Digital Linguistics: Three Breakthroughs in Speech Sound and the Adaptation/Exploitation of Sign Reflex Mechanisms for Linguistic Processing

Kumon Tokumaru
Abstract—The author hypothesises that the language of modern humans is a digital evolution of analog vocal sign communications of mammals based on in-brain vertebrate sign reflex mechanisms. Analog signs are frequency patterns. It is not easy to differentiate and share more than 100 different analog signs with respective meanings. Digital signs are generated by permutations of distinctive elements in frequency domain, phonemes, and it is easy to generate infinite and unique signs. In the brain, sign reflex mechanisms can be operated by immune cell networks inside the ventricle system. Antigen and antibody molecular structures constitute specificity pairs and cope with infinite sign waveforms or shapes. The author identifies that there are three evolutionary breakthroughs (BTs) in speech sound, namely, (i) the acquisition of phonemes and accents (or morae), which give distinctiveness in time frame, (ii) character set and literacy, and (iii) electronization and keyword search by computer networks. The author looks for how linguistic humans should improve themselves to cope with these breakthroughs.

Index Terms—Digital evolutions, vertebrate sign reflex mechanism, immune cell networks inside the ventricle system, lifelong intellectual curiosity.

K. Tokumaru is with Nissho Iwai Corporation, UNESCO, Nissho Iwai Aerospace Corporation – Europe Office, UNEP/NOWPAP Regional Activity Center in Toyama, Japan (e-mail: tokumaru@pp.iij4u.or.jp).

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Cite:Kumon Tokumaru, "The Digital Linguistics: Three Breakthroughs in Speech Sound and the Adaptation/Exploitation of Sign Reflex Mechanisms for Linguistic Processing," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 84-92, 2018.

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