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Modelling atypical syntax processing

Thomas, Michael S.C. and Redington, M. (2004) Modelling atypical syntax processing. In: 20th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, 23-28 Aug 2004, Geneva, Switzerland.

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Abstract

We evaluate the inferences that can be drawn from dissociations in syntax processing identified in developmental disorders and acquired language deficits. We use an SRN to simulate empirical data from Dick et al. (2001) on the relative difficulty of comprehending different syntactic constructions under normal conditions and conditions of damage. We conclude that task constraints and internal computational constraints interact to predict patterns of difficulty. Difficulty is predicted by frequency of constructions, by the requirement of the task to focus on local vs. global sequence information, and by the ability of the system to maintain sequence information. We generate a testable prediction on the empirical pattern that should be observed under conditions of developmental damage.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published in: Sakas, W., ed. 2004. Proceedings of the First Workshop on Psycho-computational models of human language acquisition at the 20th International Conference on Computational Linguistics. Stroudsburg, U.S.: Association for Computational Linguistics. pp. 85-92
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: Sarah Hall
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2012 13:13
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:22
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4666

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