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"Ideal" Language Learning and the Psychological Resource Problem

"Ideal" Language Learning and the Psychological Resource Problem

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Where Does Syntax Come From? Have We All Been Wrong?. Some linguists study what can be learned in principle, but William Gregory Sakas asks "the feasibility question -- how efficient learning takes place." This talk focuses on such research, its historical antecedents, and issues that trouble Sakas and his colleagues. Sakas provides a swift conceptual survey of modeling parameter-setting, from Chomsky, through Yang and Lightfoot. In "the spirit of Pinker," Sakas believes that any computational model of a feasible learner must be compatible with the psychological resources of a human child. So Sakas's lab tries to zero in on "what is needed in the way of psycho-computational resources in a learner to converge on the target grammar on the basis of... Show More
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