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dc.contributor.authorCroker, S-
dc.contributor.authorPine, J M-
dc.contributor.authorGobet, F-
dc.identifier.citationCroker, S., Pine, J., & Gobet, F. (2000). Modelling optional infinitive phenomena: A computational account of tense optionality in children’s speech. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Cognitive Modelling, pp. 78-85. Veenendaal, The Netherlands: Universal Press.en
dc.description.abstractThe Optional Infinitive hypothesis proposed by Wexler (1994) is a theory of children’s early grammatical development that can be used to explain a variety of phenomena in children’s early multi-word speech. However, Wexler’s theory attributes a great deal of abstract knowledge to the child on the basis of rather weak empirical evidence. In this paper we present a computational model of early grammatical development which simulates Optional Infinitive phenomena as a function of the interaction between a performance-limited distributional analyser and the statistical properties of the input. Our findings undermine the claim that Optional Infinitive phenomena require an abstract grammatical analysis.en
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dc.publisherUniversal Pressen
dc.subjectOptional Infinitiveen
dc.subjectchildren’s early multi-word speechen
dc.subjectdistributional analyseren
dc.subjectuniversal grammaren
dc.titleModelling optional infinitive phenomena: A computational account of tense optionality in children’s speechen
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