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Empiricism and Language Learnability

Nick Chater, Alexander Clark, John A. Goldsmith, and Amy Perfors


This book explores one of the central problems in theoretical linguistics: learnability. The chapters, written from different perspectives—linguistics, philosophy, computer science, psychology, and cognitive science—explore the idea that language acquisition proceeds through general purpose learning mechanisms, an approach that is broadly empiricist both methodologically and psychologically. For many years, the empiricist approach has been taken to be infeasible on practical and theoretical grounds. This book presents a variety of precisely specified mathematical and computational models that ... More

Keywords: learnability, language acquisition, empiricist, computational models

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198734260
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198734260.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nick Chater, author
Professor of Behavioural Science, Warwick Business School, UK

Alexander Clark, author
Lecturer in Logic and Linguistics, King's College, London, UK

John A. Goldsmith, author
Edward Carson Waller Distinguished Service Professor of Linguistics and Computer Science, University of Chicago, USA