ERIC Number: EJ778674
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
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Frequent Frames as a Cue for Grammatical Categories in Child Directed Speech
Mintz, Toben H.
Cognition, v90 n1 p91-117 Nov 2003
This paper introduces the notion of frequent frames, distributional patterns based on co-occurrence patterns of words in sentences, then investigates the usefulness of this information in grammatical categorization. A frame is defined as two jointly occurring words with one word intervening. Qualitative and quantitative results from distributional analyses of six different corpora of child directed speech are presented in two experiments. In the analyses, words that were surrounded by the same frequent frame were categorized together. The results show that frequent frames yield very accurate categories. Furthermore, evidence from behavioral studies suggests that infants and adults are sensitive to frame-like units, and that adults use them to categorize words. This evidence, along with the success of frames in categorizing words, provides support for frames as a basis for the acquisition of grammatical categories.
Descriptors: Sentences, Grammar, English, Language Patterns, Qualitative Research, Infants, Adults, Statistical Analysis, Computational Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Speech Communication
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