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Lexical Category Acquisition as an Incremental Process Afra Alishahi

Summary: Lexical Category Acquisition as an Incremental Process
Afra Alishahi
Computational Linguistics and Phonetics
Saarland University, Germany
Grzegorz Chrupala
Spoken Language Systems
Saarland University, Germany
The Acquisition of Lexical Categories
Psycholinguistic studies suggest that early on children ac-
quire robust knowledge of the abstract lexical categories such
as nouns, verbs and determiners (e.g., Gelman & Taylor,
1984; Kemp et al., 2005). Children's grouping of words
into categories might be based on various cues, including the
phonological and morphological properties of a word, the dis-
tributional information about its surrounding context, and its
semantic features. Among these, the distributional properties
of the local context of a word have been shown to be a reliable
cue for the formation of the lexical categories (Redington et


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


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences