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Why verb-initial languages are not frequent

André Grüning


In our simulations with simple recurrent networks we demonstrate that small artificial languages are learnt worse or better depending on their basic word order. We show that verb-initial languages are difficult to learn, reflecting the lower frequency of verb-initial natural languages.

We try to go beyond mere simulations proposing two objective mathematical measures to explain our results.

Feb 7, 2003
Feb 7, 2003
basic word order, connectionism, neural networks, entropy, finite state automata

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2002 Repository Open Access
André Grüning

Why verb-initial languages are not so frequent

In: 9th International Summer School in Cognitive Science
Sofia : New Bulgarian University, 2002. - pp. 1-4