- 98-704 Marzio Cassandro, Pierre Collet, Antonio Galves and Charlotte Galves
- A Statistical-Physics Approach to Language Acquisition and
Nov 10, 98
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Abstract. The aim of this paper is to explain why Statistical Physics can help
understanding two related linguistic questions. The first question is
how to model first language acquisition by a child. The second
question is how language change proceeds in time.
Our approach is based on a Gibbsian model for the interface between
syntax and prosody. We also present a simulated annealing model of
language acquisition, which extends the Triggering Learning Algorithm
recently introduced in the linguistic litterature.