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The Computational Nature of Language Learning

The Computational Nature of Language Learning

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Where Does Syntax Come From? Have We All Been Wrong?. Language learning research becomes more robust when it incorporates insights from evolutionary theory, Partha Niyogi demonstrates. The principles of natural selection and variation in a population come into play not only when exploring how children learn language but how languages alter over time. All languages are learnable and more or less uniformly learnable, says Nyogi: "It doesn't take 25 years to learn Chinese and two years to learn Bengali." But in the last 30-odd years, Nyogi says, there's been a great deal of debate about the most useful models of learning theory, with efforts to explain how the human language faculty makes use of linguistic input at different developmental stages.... Show More


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