Learning theory and natural language

Daniel N. Osherson, Michael Stob, Scott Weinstein

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Formal Learning Theory may be conceived as a means of relating theories of comparative grammar to studies of linguistic development. After a brief review of relevant concepts, the present paper surveys formal results within Learning Theory that suggest correponding constraints on linguistic theory. Particular attention is devoted to the question: How many possible natural languages are there?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 1984

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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    Osherson, D. N., Stob, M., & Weinstein, S. (1984). Learning theory and natural language. Cognition, 17(1), 1-28. https://doi.org/10.1016/0010-0277(84)90040-4