Paper: Simulating Children's Null Subjects: An Early Language Generation Model

ACL ID P94-1047
Title Simulating Children's Null Subjects: An Early Language Generation Model
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1994
Authors

This paper reports work in progress on a sentence generation model which attempts to emulate certain language output patterns of children between the ages of one and one-half and three years. In particular, the model addresses the issue of why missing or phonetically "null" subjects appear as often as they do in the speech of young English- speaking children. It will also be used to examine why other patterns of output appear in the speech of children learning languages such as Italian and Chinese. Initial findings are that an output generator successfully approximates the null-subject output patterns found in English-speaking children by using a 'processing overload' metric alone; however, reference to several parameters related to discourse orientation and agreement morphology is necessa...