Paper: A Cognitive Model of Semantic Network Learning

ACL ID D14-1031
Title A Cognitive Model of Semantic Network Learning
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2014

Child semantic development includes learning the meaning of words as well as the semantic relations among words. A presumed outcome of semantic develop- ment is the formation of a semantic net- work that reflects this knowledge. We present an algorithm for simultaneously learning word meanings and gradually growing a semantic network, which ad- heres to the cognitive plausibility require- ments of incrementality and limited com- putations. We demonstrate that the seman- tic connections among words in addition to their context is necessary in forming a semantic network that resembles an adult?s semantic knowledge.