A Bayesian approach to the Poverty of the stimulus
published: Oct. 31, 2007, recorded: June 2007, views: 4156
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Shown that given reasonable domain-general assumptions, an unbiased rational learner could realize that languages have a hierarchical structure based on typical child-directed input. Can use this paradigm to explore the role of recursive elements in a grammar: the “winning” grammar contains additional non-recursive counterparts for complex NPs; perhaps language, while fundamentally recursive, contains duplicate non-recursive elements that more precisely match the input?
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