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ERIC Number: EJ893641
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
Cognitive Architectures and Language Acquisition: A Case Study in Pronoun Comprehension
van Rij, Jacolien; van Rij, Hedderik; Hendriks, Petra
Journal of Child Language, v37 n3 spec iss p731-766 Jun 2010
In this paper we discuss a computational cognitive model of children's poor performance on pronoun interpretation (the so-called Delay of Principle B Effect, or DPBE). This cognitive model is based on a theoretical account that attributes the DPBE to children's inability as hearers to also take into account the speaker's perspective. The cognitive model predicts that child hearers are unable to do so because their speed of linguistic processing is too limited to perform this second step in interpretation. We tested this hypothesis empirically in a psycholinguistic study, in which we slowed down the speech rate to give children more time for interpretation, and in a computational simulation study. The results of the two studies confirm the predictions of our model. Moreover, these studies show that embedding a theory of linguistic competence in a cognitive architecture allows for the generation of detailed and testable predictions with respect to linguistic performance.
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Language: English
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