Computational simulations of second language construction learning

Yevgen Matusevych, Afra Alishahi, Ad Backus

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There are few computational models of second language acquisition (SLA). At the same time, many questions in the field of SLA remain unanswered. In particular, SLA patterns are difficult to study due to the large amount of variation between human learners. We present a computational model of second language construction learning that allows manipulating specific parameters such as age of onset and amount of exposure. We use the model to study general developmental patterns of SLA and two specific effects sometimes found in empirical studies: construction priming and a facilitatory effect of skewed frequencies in the input. Our simulations replicate the expected SLA patterns as well as the two effects. Our model can be used in further studies of various SLA phenomena.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Fourth Annual Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics (CMCL)
EditorsVera Demberg, Roger Levy
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-937284-61-9
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013
EventCognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics 2013 - Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 8 Aug 2013 → …


WorkshopCognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics 2013
Abbreviated titleCMCL 2013
Period8/08/13 → …
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