Language acquisition in the absence of explicit negative evidence: how important is starting small?

@article{Rohde1999LanguageAI,
  title={Language acquisition in the absence of explicit negative evidence: how important is starting small?},
  author={Douglas L. T. Rohde and David C. Plaut},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={1999},
  volume={72},
  pages={67-109}
}
It is commonly assumed that innate linguistic constraints are necessary to learn a natural language, based on the apparent lack of explicit negative evidence provided to children and on Gold's proof that, under assumptions of virtually arbitrary positive presentation, most interesting classes of languages are not learnable. However, Gold's results do not apply under the rather common assumption that language presentation may be modeled as a stochastic process. Indeed, Elman (Elman, J.L., 1993… CONTINUE READING

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