The proper treatment of language acquisition and change in a population setting

@article{Niyogi2009ThePT,
  title={The proper treatment of language acquisition and change in a population setting},
  author={P. Niyogi and R. Berwick},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  year={2009},
  volume={106},
  pages={10124 - 10129}
}
  • P. Niyogi, R. Berwick
  • Published 2009
  • Computer Science, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Language acquisition maps linguistic experience, primary linguistic data (PLD), onto linguistic knowledge, a grammar. Classically, computational models of language acquisition assume a single target grammar and one PLD source, the central question being whether the target grammar can be acquired from the PLD. However, real-world learners confront populations with variation, i.e., multiple target grammars and PLDs. Removing this idealization has inspired a new class of population-based language… Expand

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