Word order and case marking in language acquisition and processing (LSA poster and CogSci paper)

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We presented the results of our artificial language learning study on the use of case-marking and word order as cues in processing and learning at the LSA annual meeting. This is work done with Florian Jaeger and Elissa Newport. We investigated whether functional pressures (e.g., ambiguity reduction) operate during language acquisition, biasing learners to (subtly) deviate from the input they receive. Our results suggest that language learners indeed have a bias to reduce uncertainty (or ambiguity) in the input language: The learners are more likely to fix the word order if a language does not have case. See the image below for the details of the study or download the poster as a pdf here. Feedback welcome!

Update 11/29/11: This work was published in the 2011 CogSci Proceedings as

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4 thoughts on “Word order and case marking in language acquisition and processing (LSA poster and CogSci paper)

    tiflo said:
    February 5, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Btw, this work is now available as a short manuscript, for which we’d be grateful to receive feedback on. If anyone out there is interested in reading about Masha’s work in more detail, just let us know by posting here. cheers. Florian

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    tiflo said:
    February 5, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Ha, I just found this shot of you in action on the LSA website: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lingsocam/5337531143/in/set-72157625655083219/lightbox/

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    Shannon Price said:
    November 29, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Although I wouldn’t be qualified to comment on the manuscript I would really like to read it if the offer still holds. Thanks!

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      tiflo said:
      November 29, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      Dear Shannon,

      I updated the post with a reference and a link to the paper.

      Florian

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