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05/25/07

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How to Design a Virtual Infant (Computer Language Acquisition)

Here's an interesting development in the field of computer language acquisition. In my opinion, there is still a long way to go in order to teach computers to understand and process language in the way humans do, but it's interesting to see the progress that is being made in this area:

Solving the Riddle of Language Acquisition:

How to Design a Virtual Infant (MLAS)

TETSUO SUGA, Japan Women's University

Note: The paper shown below is an enlarged version of my report at the "JSLS 2001".
Abstract
A computer program that simulates the infant language faculty is proposed. The program, called Multi-Language Acquisition System (MLAS), may be regarded as capable of attaining the level of acquisition of a 4-5 years old child, whatever the target language is (the performance of MLAS was demonstrated for English and Japanese at the 2001 JSLS meeting). Two novel characteristics distinguish MLAS: (1) it employs multiple "program-generating program" modules; and, (2) it may be able to acquire pragmatic meanings on the basis of story data described by using thematic roles. Following the discussion of these points, several outstanding problems concerning the understanding of human language acquisition are taken up and their tentative solutions within the MLAS framework are discussed.

You will find the rest of the paper at the following URL: http://www10.ocn.ne.jp/~mlas/JSLS_Paper.htm

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