Paper: Distributional Learning as a Theory of Language Acquisition

ACL ID W14-0506
Title Distributional Learning as a Theory of Language Acquisition
Venue Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Learning
Session
Year 2014
Authors

(Extended Abstract) Alexander Clark Department of Philosophy King?s College, London Strand, London alexander.clark@kcl.ac.uk 1 Abstract In recent years, a theory of distributional learning of phrase structure grammars has been developed starting with the simple algorithm presented in (Clark and Eyraud, 2007). These ideas are based on the classic ideas of American structuralist lin- guistics (Wells, 1947; Harris, 1954). Since that initial paper, the algorithms have been extended to large classes of grammars, notably to the class of Multiple Context-Free grammars by (Yoshinaka, 2011). In this talk we will sketch a theory of language acquisition based on these techniques, and con- trast it with other proposals, such as the semantic bootstrapping and parameter setting models. This proposal is ...