ERIC Number: ED042148
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Jul-24
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An Automaton Analysis of the Learning of a Miniature System of Japanese. Psychology Series.
Wexler, Kenneth Norman
The purpose of the study reported here was to do an automata-theoretical and experimental investigation of the learning of the syntax and semantics of a second natural language. The main thrust of the work was to ask what kind of automaton a person can become. Various kinds of automata were considered, predictions were made from them, and these predictions were then tested against data from a learning experiment in order to distinguish between the models. Experimental material was a sub-domain of the set of arithmetic sentence in Japanese, because it was felt that work with a small limited system of language would enable the formulation of precise theories capable of being tested precisely. Syntax learning was felt to be the most important focus of the study; other factors looked for were the influence of semantic practice on syntax learning, and semantic learning. Results of the experiment suggest that a finite automation is not the appropriate representation for the subjects in the experiments; results on semantics suggest that studies of syntax learning that do not include a semantic model may be losing an important component of syntax learning. (Author/FWB)
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Sponsor: Edward E. Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Inst. for Mathematical Studies in Social Science.