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On Look-Ahead in Language: Navigating a Multitude of Familiar Paths

Shimon Edelman

in Predictions in the Brain

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780195395518
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897230 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395518.003.0060
On Look-Ahead in Language: Navigating a Multitude of Familiar Paths

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This chapter proposes a computational framework that seems particularly suitable for the representation and processing of experience data. It then consider such data in search of cues that may be helping infants learn language reliably and efficiently by turning experience into a kind of grammar, and outlines a hypothesis regarding the possible brain mechanisms for acquiring and maintaining linguistic knowledge that fit within the proposed computational framework. Finally, the chapter suggests how the proposed approach may advance the development of new models of language acquisition and processing. Prediction—that is, projection of the past experience into the immediate future—figures prominently in all these settings.

Keywords: language learning; communication; experience data; linguistic knowledge; language processing; predictions

Chapter.  12025 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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