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Learning Paradigms in Time and Space: Computational Evidence from Romance Languages<sup>*</sup>

Vito Pirrelli, Marcello Ferro and Basilio Calderone

in Morphological Autonomy

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199589982
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191728884 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589982.003.0008
                             Learning Paradigms in Time and Space: Computational Evidence from Romance Languages*

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In the linguistic literature, paradigms have enjoyed a hybrid status, half‐way between entrenched patterns of lexical organization and processing structures enforcing global constraints on the output of traditional inflection rules. We describe here an original computational model of the mental lexicon where paradigmatic structures emerge through learning as the by‐product of the endogenous dynamics of lexical memorization as competitive self‐organization, based on the complementary principles of formal contrast (in space) and association biuniqueness (in time).

Keywords: processing structures; mental lexicon; lexical memorization; self‐organizing maps; computational model

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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