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ERIC Number: EJ828628
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
Connectionist Semantic Systematicity
Frank, Stefan L.; Haselager, Willem F. G.; van Rooij, Iris
Cognition, v110 n3 p358-379 Mar 2009
Fodor and Pylyshyn [Fodor, J. A., & Pylyshyn, Z. W. (1988). Connectionism and cognitive architecture: A critical analysis. "Cognition," 28, 3-71] argue that connectionist models are not able to display systematicity other than by implementing a classical symbol system. This claim entails that connectionism cannot compete with the classical approach as an alternative architectural framework for human cognition. We present a connectionist model of sentence comprehension that does not implement a symbol system yet behaves systematically. It consists in a recurrent neural network that maps sentences describing situations in a microworld, onto representations of these situations. After being trained on particular sentence-situation pairs, the model can comprehend new sentences, even if these describe new situations. We argue that this systematicity arises robustly and in a psychologically plausible manner because it depends on structure inherent in the world. (Contains 15 tables and 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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