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Grounding spatial language in perception: an empirical and computational investigation.
The present paper grounds the linguistic cdategorization of space in aspects of visual perception; specifically, the structure of projective spatial terms such as above are grounded in the process of… Expand
The Emergence of Words: Attentional Learning in Form and Meaning
- T. Regier
- Psychology, Medicine
- Cogn. Sci.
- 12 November 2005
We propose an associative exemplar-based model that accounts for the improvement in word learning during the 2nd year of life without a change in mechanism. Expand
The learnability of abstract syntactic principles
Children acquiring language infer the correct form of syntactic constructions for which they appear to have little or no direct evidence, avoiding simple but incorrect generalizations that would be… Expand
The Human Semantic Potential: Spatial Language and Constrained Connectionism
- T. Regier
- Computer Science
A model of spatial semantics that generalizes in the absence of negative evidence on the basis of cross-linguistic typological predictions. Expand
Attention to Endpoints: A Cross-Linguistic Constraint on Spatial Meaning
We investigate a possible universal constraint on spatial meaning. It has been proposed that people attend preferentially to the endpoints of spatial motion events, and that languages may therefore… Expand
Learning the unlearnable: the role of missing evidence
Syntactic knowledge is widely held to be partially innate, rather than learned. In a classic example, it is sometimes argued that children know the proper use of anaphoric one, although that… Expand
Kinship Categories Across Languages Reflect General Communicative Principles
We propose an organizing framework whereby kinship classification systems in the world’s languages can all be seen to optimize or nearly optimize both simplicity and precision. Expand
Word Meanings across Languages Support Efficient Communication
Why do languages have the semantic categories they do? Each language partitions human experience into a system of semantic categories, labeled by words or morphemes, which are used to communicate… Expand
Linguistic and non-linguistic spatial categorization
Three experiments examine the relation between linguistic and non-linguistic categorization of spatial relations. We compare linguistic and non-linguistic responses to the same spatial stimuli.… Expand
Indirect Evidence and the Poverty of the Stimulus: The Case of Anaphoric One
- Stephani Foraker, T. Regier, Naveen Khetarpal, Amy Perfors, J. Tenenbaum
- Psychology, Computer Science
- Cogn. Sci.
- 1 March 2009
We show that a Bayesian model can learn a standard poverty-of-stimulus example, anaphoric one, from realistic input by relying on indirect evidence, without a linguistic constraint assumed to be necessary. Expand