Rules or connections in past-tense inflections: what does the evidence rule out?

@article{McClelland2002RulesOC,
  title={Rules or connections in past-tense inflections: what does the evidence rule out?},
  author={James L. McClelland and Karalyn Patterson},
  journal={Trends in cognitive sciences},
  year={2002},
  volume={6 11},
  pages={465-472}
}
Pinker and colleagues propose two mechanisms - a rule system and a lexical memory - to form past tenses and other inflections. They predict that children's acquisition of the regular inflection is sudden; that the regular inflection applies uniformly regardless of phonological, semantic or other factors; and that the rule system is separably vulnerable to disruption. A connectionist account makes the opposite predictions. Pinker has taken existing evidence as support for his theory, but the… CONTINUE READING
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