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Title: A process model of children's early verb use
Authors: Jones, G
Gobet, F
Pine, J M
Keywords: verb island;Tomasello;language acquisition;syntax;distributional analysis;chunking;MOSAIC;computer modeling
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: Erlbaum
Citation: Jones, G., Gobet , F., & Pine, J. (2000). A process model of children's early verb use. Proceedings of the 22nd Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, pp. 723-728. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
Abstract: The verb-island hypothesis (Tomasello, 1992) states that children’s early grammars consist of sets of lexically-specific predicate structures (or verb-islands). However, Pine, Lieven and Rowland (1998) have found that children’s early language can also be built around lexical items other than verbs, such as pronouns (this contradicts a strict version of the verb-island hypothesis). This paper presents a computational model (called MOSAIC), which constructs a network of nodes and links based on a performance-limited distributional analysis of the input (mother’s speech). The results show that utterances generated from MOSAIC: (1) more closely resemble the child’s data than the child’s mother’s data on which MOSAIC is trained; and (2) can readily simulate both the verb-island and other-island phenomena which exist in the child’s data.
URI: http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/2124
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