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Title: Unifying cross-linguistic and within-language patterns of finiteness marking in MOSAIC
Authors: Freudenthal, D
Pine, J M
Gobet, F
Keywords: acquisition of language;crosslinguistic;Optional Infinitive;innate knowledge;MOSAIC;Wh-questions
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Cognitive Science Society
Citation: Freudenthal, D., Pine, J. M., & Gobet, F. (2006). Unifying cross-linguistic and within-language patterns of finiteness marking in MOSAIC. Proceedings of the 27th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 232-237). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
Abstract: MOSAIC, a model that has already simulated cross-linguistic differences in the occurrence of the Optional Infinitive phenomenon, is applied to the simulation of the pattern of finiteness marking within Dutch. This within-language pattern, which includes verb placement, low rates of Optional Infinitives in Wh-questions and the correlation between finiteness marking and subject provision, has been taken as evidence for the view that children have correctly set the clause structure and inflectional parameters for their language. MOSAIC, which employs no built-in linguistic knowledge, clearly simulates the pattern of results as a function of its utterance-final bias, the same mechanism that is responsible for its successful simulation of the crosslinguistic data. These results suggest that both the crosslinguistic and within–language pattern of finiteness marking can be understood in terms of the interaction between a simple resource-limited learning mechanism and the distributional statistics of the input to which it is exposed. Thus, these phenomena do not provide any evidence for abstract or innate knowledge on the part of the child.
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Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers

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