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The Onset of Syntactic Bootstrapping in Word Learning: Evidence from a Computational Study
 

Summary: The Onset of Syntactic Bootstrapping in Word Learning: Evidence from
a Computational Study
Afra Alishahi
Computational Linguistics and Phonetics
Saarland University, Germany
afra@coli.uni-saarland.de
Pirita Pyykk¨onen
Computational Linguistics and Phonetics
Saarland University, Germany
pirita@coli.uni-saarland.de
Abstract
The syntactic bootstrapping hypothesis suggests that
children's verb learning is guided by the structural cues
that the linguistic context provides. However, the onset
of syntactic bootstrapping in word learning is not well
studied. To investigate the impact of linguistic infor-
mation on word learning during early stages of language
acquisition, we use a computational model of learning
syntactic constructions from usage data, and adapt it to
the task of identifying target words in novel situations.

  

Source: Alishahi, Afra - Department of Computational Linguistics and Phonetics, Universität des Saarlandes

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences