Bootstrapping operations in language acquisition: a computational psycholinguistic approach

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The acquisition of abstract linguistic categories is investigated. Computational models of bootstrapping operations are constructed in order to investigate how knowledge from one domain can be instrumental in acquiring knowledge of another domain. In our simulations the language addressed to very young children is used in an attempt to elucidate how grammatical categories and grammatical gender are acquired given a combination of distributional, phonological and morphological bootstrapping.

01/01/2014 - 31/12/2017
Cassani, G., Grimm R., Daelemans W., & Gillis S. (2015).  Which distributional cues help the most? Unsupervised contexts selection for lexical category acquisition. Sixth Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Learning (CogACLL 2015), Lisbon, Portugal. PDF
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