10. Parameters in Linguistic Theory and Probabilistic Language Models

  1. Alexander Clark and
  2. Shalom Lappin

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390568.ch10

Linguistic Nativism and the Poverty of the Stimulus

Linguistic Nativism and the Poverty of the Stimulus

How to Cite

Clark, A. and Lappin, S. (2011) Parameters in Linguistic Theory and Probabilistic Language Models, in Linguistic Nativism and the Poverty of the Stimulus, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390568.ch10

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 7 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187848

Online ISBN: 9781444390568

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Keywords:

  • parameters in linguistic theory - and probabilistic language models;
  • strong bias theories of universal grammar (UG) and nativist view of language acquisition;
  • principles and parameters (P&P) model - value of parameter, syntactic pattern characterizing a set of languages;
  • learnability of parametric models of syntax - developed within P&P framework;
  • learnability point of view, representation of a class of languages - of k binary parameters;
  • P&P advocates of parameter setting models - view of UG preferred to empiricist approaches on learnability grounds;
  • UG parameters and language variation - parameter type hierarchy;
  • Lexical Parameterization Hypothesis (LPH);
  • parameters in probabilistic language models;
  • parse chart for summed probabilities

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Learnability of Parametric Models of Syntax

  • UG Parameters and Language Variation

  • Parameters in Probabilistic Language Models

  • Inferring Constraints on Hypothesis Spaces with Hierarchical Bayesian Models

  • Summary and Conclusions