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Title: Towards a Unified Model of Language Acquisition
Authors: Gobet, F
Pine, J M
Freudenthal, D
Keywords: language acquisition;MOSAIC;CHREST;Hebbian learning;syntax;vocabulary;semantics;computational modelling
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: European Cognitive Science Society
Citation: Gobet, F., Pine, J. M., & Freudenthal, D. (2007). Towards a unified model of language acquisition. Proceedings of the European Cognitive Science Conference 2007
Abstract: In this theoretical paper, we first review and rebut standard criticisms against distributional approaches to language acquisition. We then present two closely-related models that use distributional analysis. The first deals with the acquisition of vocabulary, the second with grammatical development. We show how these two models can be combined with a semantic network grown using Hebbian learning, and briefly illustrate the advantages of this combination. An important feature of this hybrid system is that it combines two different types of distributional learning, the first based on order, and the second based on co-occurrences within a context.
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