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


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