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Integrating constraints for learning word-referent mappings

Monaghan, Padraic and Mattock, Karen (2012) Integrating constraints for learning word-referent mappings. Cognition, 123 (1). pp. 133-143. ISSN 0010-0277

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Learning word-referent mappings is complex because the word and its referent tend to co-occur with multiple other words and potential referents. Such complexity has led to proposals for a host of constraints on learning, though how these constraints may interact has not yet been investigated in detail. In this paper, we investigated interactions between word co-occurrence constraints and cross-situational statistics in word learning. Analyses of child-directed speech revealed that when both object-referring and non-referring words occurred in the utterance, referring words were more likely to be preceded by a determiner than when the utterance contained only referring words. In a word learning study containing both referring and non-referring words, learning was facilitated when non-referring words contributed grammatical constraints analogous to determiners. The complexity of multi-word utterances provides an opportunity for co-occurrence constraints to contribute to word-referent mapping, and the learning mechanism is able to integrate these multiple sources of information.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Cognition
Additional Information: Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Word learning ; Cross-situational learning ; Child-directed speech ; Distributional information ; Multiple cue integration ; Corpus analysis
Subjects: ?? bf ??
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 52790
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 22 Feb 2012 11:22
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2018 03:09
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