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An acquisition-based evaluation metric for competing syntactic theories
- An acquisition-based evaluation metric for competing syntactic theories
- Gould I.
- Ewha Authors
- Isaac Gould
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- Linguistic Research
- Linguistic Research vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 29 - 74
- Evaluation metric; Occam's razor; Parameter mis-setting; Swedish; Syntactic modeling; Verb raising
- Institute for the Study of Language and Information
- SCOPUS; KCI
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- This paper addresses the puzzle of choosing among competing syntactic theories, which are contrasting theories that can nevertheless all properly account for the utterances of some language. To do so, I develop an evaluation metric that is based on language learnability and acquisition. In particular, such an acquisition-based metric considers speed of acquiring a target grammar, as well as relative accuracy of acquisition. In applying such a metric, I propose using the kinds of novel data that can be generated via computational modeling for syntactic learning. I then demonstrate how this evaluation metric can be used effectively by reporting on learning simulations for a case study, which focuses on two competing theories that arise in the literature for verb raising in Swedish. © Institute for the Study of Language and Information.
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