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One of the most fundamental goals in linguistic theory is to understand the nature of linguistic knowledge, that is, the representations and mechanisms that figure in a cognitively plausible model of human language-processing. The past 50 years have witnessed the development and refinement of various theories about what kind of 'stuff' human knowledge of(More)
Although Bilingual First Language Acquisition research has increased considerably over the past few decades, there is still much controversy regarding the rate of development, i.e. the question whether bilinguals lag behind their monolingual peers in various aspects of language. Some studies have found similar rates of development, whereas others have found(More)
We present a novel approach to the automatic assessment of text complexity based on a slidingwindow technique that tracks the distribution of complexity within a text. Such distribution is captured by what we term complexity contours derived from a series of measurements for a given linguistic complexity measure. This approach is implemented in an automatic(More)
Recent years have witnessed a growing interest in usage-based models of language, which characterize linguistic knowledge in terms of emerging generalizations derived from experience with language via processes of similarity-based distributional analysis and analogical reasoning. Language learning then involves building the right generalizations, i.e. the(More)
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