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Simulating the factors that correct the erroneous process of phonological generation in Japanese


Language acquisition is supported by an ability called phonological awareness, which allows children to become intentionally aware of phonological units. It is known that erroneous pronunciation appears during the formation of phonological awareness. To clarify children's internal processes during this formation, this research aims to examine the factors that correct an erroneous phonological generation process. To do this, we utilized the innate and experiential factors of the memory retrieval mechanism in the cognitive architecture ACT-R. Specifically, we performed simulations to examine the interaction tasks that contribute to the acquisition of phonological awareness. As a result, it was shown that repeating a single task causes incorrect convergence and that this convergence can be prevented by performing other kinds of learning between tasks. In the future, it will be necessary to examine learning between tasks that can be associated with real situations and to confirm the overall process of phonological awareness formation.

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