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  1. Ping Li,
  2. Xiaowei Zhao

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0186

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

How to Cite

Li, P. and Zhao, X. 2012. Connectionism. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


Connectionism, also known as parallel distributed processing (PDP) or artificial neural networks, is an important theoretical framework as well as a computational tool for the study of mind and behavior.


  • bilingualism;
  • second language acquisition;
  • computational methods and data processing