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ERIC Number: EJ853988
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0749-596X
Learning to Order Words: A Connectionist Model of Heavy NP Shift and Accessibility Effects in Japanese and English
Chang, Franklin
Journal of Memory and Language, v61 n3 p374-397 Oct 2009
Languages differ from one another and must therefore be learned. Processing biases in word order can also differ across languages. For example, heavy noun phrases tend to be shifted to late sentence positions in English, but to early positions in Japanese. Although these language differences suggest a role for learning, most accounts of these biases have focused on processing factors. This paper presents a learning-based account of these word order biases in the form of a connectionist model of syntax acquisition that can learn the distinct grammatical properties of English and Japanese while, at the same time, accounting for the cross-linguistic variability in processing biases in sentence production. This account demonstrates that the incremental nature of sentence processing can have an important effect on the representations that are learned in different languages. (Contains 10 figures.)
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Language: English
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