Syntactic categorization in early language acquisition: formalizing the role of distributional analysis.

@article{Cartwright1997SyntacticCI,
  title={Syntactic categorization in early language acquisition: formalizing the role of distributional analysis.},
  author={Timothy A. Cartwright and Michael R. Brent},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={1997},
  volume={63 2},
  pages={121-70}
}
We propose an explicit, incremental strategy by which children could group words with similar syntactic privileges into discrete, unlabeled categories. This strategy, which can discover lexical ambiguity, is based in part on a generalization of the idea of sentential minimal pairs. As a result, it makes minimal assumptions about the availability of syntactic knowledge at the onset of categorization. Although the proposed strategy is distributional, it can make use of categorization cues from… CONTINUE READING
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