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Modelling atypical syntax processing

By Michael S.C. Thomas and M. Redington


We evaluate the inferences that can be drawn from dissociations in syntax processing identified in developmental disorders and acquired language deficits. We use an SRN to simulate empirical data from Dick et al. (2001) on the relative difficulty of comprehending different syntactic constructions under normal conditions and conditions of damage. We conclude that task constraints and internal computational constraints interact to predict patterns of difficulty. Difficulty is predicted by frequency of constructions, by the requirement of the task to focus on local vs. global sequence information, and by the ability of the system to maintain sequence information. We generate a testable prediction on the empirical pattern that should be observed under conditions of developmental damage

Topics: psyc
Year: 2004
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