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Computational Cognitive Modeling and Linguistic Theory

Authors: Brasoveanu, Adrian, Dotlačil, Jakub

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  • Presents an introduction to ACT-R for linguists and semanticists, with a focus on semantic phenomena in natural language
  • Provides a novel incremental dynamic semantic system and detailed theory of semantic processing
  • Discusses original experimental data relevant for our understanding of natural language meaning and how it is constructed in real time
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This open access book introduces a general framework that allows natural language researchers to enhance existing competence theories with fully specified performance and processing components. Gradually developing increasingly complex and cognitively realistic competence-performance models, it provides running code for these models and shows how to fit them to real-time experimental data. This computational cognitive modeling approach opens up exciting new directions for research in formal semantics, and linguistics more generally, and offers new ways of (re)connecting semantics and the broader field of cognitive science.

The approach of this book is novel in more ways than one. Assuming the mental architecture and procedural modalities of Anderson’s ACT-R framework, it presents fine-grained computational models of human language processing tasks which make detailed quantitative predictions that can be checked against the results of self-paced reading and other psycho-linguistic experiments. All models are presented as computer programs that readers can run on their own computer and on inputs of their choice, thereby learning to design, program and run their own models. But even for readers who won't do all that, the book will show how such detailed, quantitatively predicting modeling of linguistic processes is possible. A methodological breakthrough and a must for anyone concerned about the future of linguistics! (Hans Kamp) 

This book constitutes a major step forward in linguistics and psycholinguistics. It constitutes a unique synthesis of several different research traditions: computational models of psycholinguistic processes, and formal models of semantics and discourse processing. The work also introduces a sophisticated python-based software environment for modeling linguistic processes. This book has the potential to revolutionize not only formal models of linguistics, but also models of language processing more generally. (Shravan Vasishth)

 

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-5

    Brasoveanu, Adrian (et al.)

  • The ACT-R Cognitive Architecture and Its pyactr Implementation

    Pages 7-37

    Brasoveanu, Adrian (et al.)

  • The Basics of Syntactic Parsing in ACT-R

    Pages 39-56

    Brasoveanu, Adrian (et al.)

  • Syntax as a Cognitive Process: Left-Corner Parsing with Visual and Motor Interfaces

    Pages 57-82

    Brasoveanu, Adrian (et al.)

  • Brief Introduction to Bayesian Methods and pymc3 for Linguists

    Pages 83-103

    Brasoveanu, Adrian (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Computational Cognitive Modeling and Linguistic Theory
Authors
Series Title
Language, Cognition, and Mind
Series Volume
6
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-31846-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-31846-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-31844-4
Series ISSN
2364-4109
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 294
Number of Illustrations
242 b/w illustrations, 25 illustrations in colour
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