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Bidirectionality in language acquisition

Valkenier, B. (2006) Bidirectionality in language acquisition. Master's Thesis / Essay, Artificial Intelligence.

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From empirical research it follows that children's interpretation of indefinite objects and indefinite subjects differs from the interpretation that adults give to the same sentences. This can be explained by assuming that children use unidirectional optimization and adults use bidirectional optimization. The primary aim of this study is to children progress from unidirectional to bidirectional performance. The cognitive architecture ACT-R is used to model this transition. Bidirectional optimization is implemented as the serial processing of two unidirectional processes and thus it takes more time to process bidirectionally. It is assumed that children lack time to process bidirectionally. In the model efficiency is gained by means of automization processes. The empirical data can be explained well by the model and also some empirical predictions can be made.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Degree programme: Artificial Intelligence
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:30
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:30

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