On learning the past-tenses of English verbs: implicit rules or parallel distributed processing

  title={On learning the past-tenses of English verbs: implicit rules or parallel distributed processing},
  author={David E. Rumelhart and James L. McClelland},
Abstract : This paper presents an alternative to the standard rule based account of a child's acquisition of the past tense in English. [] Key Method We show that the acquisition data can be accounted for in more detail by dispensing with the assumption that the child learns rules and substituting in its place a simple homogeneous learning procedure. We show how rule-like behavior can emerge from the interactions among a network of units encoding the root form to past tense mapping. A large computer…
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