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ERIC Number: EJ1034879
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-0023-8309
Three Design Principles of Language: The Search for Parsimony in Redundancy
Beekhuizen, Barend; Bod, Rens; Zuidema, Willem
Language and Speech, v56 n3 p265-290 Sep 2013
In this paper we present three design principles of language--experience, heterogeneity and redundancy--and present recent developments in a family of models incorporating them, namely Data-Oriented Parsing/Unsupervised Data-Oriented Parsing. Although the idea of some form of redundant storage has become part and parcel of parsing technologies and usage-based linguistic approaches alike, the question "how much" of it is cognitively realistic and/or computationally optimally efficient is an open one. We argue that a segmentation-based approach (Bayesian Model Merging) combined with an all-subtrees approach reduces the number of rules needed to achieve an optimal performance, thus making the parser more efficient. At the same time, starting from "unsegmented wholes" comes closer to the acquisitional situation of a language learner, and thus adds to the cognitive plausibility of the model.
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Language: English
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