LINGUIST List 12.1011

Tue Apr 10 2001

Books: Language Acquisition

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  1. Kimberly Kahn, Language Acquisition: Models of Language Acquisition

Message 1: Language Acquisition: Models of Language Acquisition

Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 10:21:14 -0400
From: Kimberly Kahn <KRKOUP-USA.ORG>
Subject: Language Acquisition: Models of Language Acquisition

MODELS OF LANGUAGE ACQUISITION: Inductive and Deductive Approaches
Edited by Peter Broeder, Tilburg University, The Netherlands, and
Jaap Murre, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

This book presents recent advances by leading researchers in
computational modelling of language acquisition. The contributors have
been drawn from departments of linguistics, cognitive science,
psychology, and computer science. They show what light can be thrown
on fundamental problems when powerful computational techniques are
combined with real data. The book considers the extent to which
linguistic structure is readily available in the environment, the
degree to which language learning is inductive or deductive, and the
power of different modelling formalisms for different problems and
approaches. It will appeal to linguists, psychologists, cognitive
scientists working in language acquisition,and to those involved in
computational modelling in linguistic and behavioral science.


Chapter 1: Introduction, Peter Broeder and Jaap Murre 
Part I: Words 
Chapter 2: Lexicalist Connectionism, Brian MacWhinney 
Chapter 3: Are SRNs Sufficient for Modelling Language Acquisition?, 
 Noel Sharkey, Amanda Sharkey, and Stuart Jackson 
Chapter 4: A Distributed, Yet Symbolic Model for Text-to-Speech Processing, 
 Antal van den Bosch and Walter Daelemans 
Chapter 5: "Lazy Learning": A Comparison of Natural and Machine Learning of 
 Word Stress, Steven Gillis, Walter Daelemans, and Gert Durieux 
Part II: Word Formation 
Chapter 6: Statistical and Connectionist Modelling of the Development of
 Speech Segmentation, Richard Shillcock, Paul Cairns, Nick Chater, 
 and Joe Levy 
Chapter 7: Learning Word-to-Meaning Mappings, Jeffrey Mark Siskind 
Chapter 8: Children's Overregularization and its Implication for Cognition, 
 Gary Marcus 
Chapter 9: The Performance of a Recurrent Network with Short Term Memory 
 Capacity Learning the German -S Plural, Rainer Goebel and 
 Peter Indefrey 
Chapter10: A Cross-Linguistic Comparison of Single and Dual-Route Models of 
 Inflectional Morphology, Ramin Nakisa, Kim Plunkett, and 
 Ulrike Hahn 
Part III: Word Order 
Chapter11: Formal Models for Learning in the Principles and Parameters 
 Framework, Partha Nyogi and Robert C. Berwick 
Chapter12: An Output-as-Input Hypothesis for Language Acquisition: 
 Arguments, Model, Evidence, Loeki Elbers

March 2001 320 pp.; 55 b/w line figs
0-19-829989-3 $85.00
Oxford University Press
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