Can Recurrent Neural Networks Validate Usage-Based Theories of Grammar Acquisition?

Abstract

It has been shown that Recurrent Artificial Neural Networks automatically acquire some grammatical knowledge in the course of performing linguistic prediction tasks. The extent to which such networks can actually learn grammar is still an object of investigation. However, being mostly data-driven, they provide a natural testbed for usage-based theories of language acquisition. This mini-review gives an overview of the state of the field, focusing on the influence of the theoretical framework in the interpretation of results.

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Can Recurrent Neural Networks Validate Usage-Based Theories of Grammar Acquisition?
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Ludovica Pannitto
PhD student in Computational Linguistics

I’m a third year PhD student in Computational Semantics at the CLIC (Language, Interaction and Computation) Laboratory at CIMeC.