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A Grounded Approach to Modeling Generic Knowledge Acquisition

  • Author(s): Beser, Deniz;
  • Cecil, Joe;
  • Freedman, Marjorie;
  • Lichtefeld, Jacob A;
  • Marcus, Mitch;
  • Payne, Sarah R B;
  • Yang, Charles
  • et al.
Abstract

We introduce and implement a cognitively plausible model for learning from generic language, statements that express generalizations about members of a category and are an important aspect of concept development in language acquisition (Carlson & Pelletier, 1995; Gelman, 2009). We extend a computational framework designed to model grounded language acquisition by introducing the concept network. This new layer of abstraction enables the system to encode knowledge learned from generic statements and represent the associations between concepts learned by the system. Through three tasks that utilize the concept network, we demonstrate that our extensions to ADAM can acquire generic information and provide an example of how ADAM can be used to model language acquisition.

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