Learning words and their meanings from unsegmented child-directed speech

Bevan K. Jones*, Mark Johnson, Michael C. Frank

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Abstract

Most work on language acquisition treats word segmentation-the identification of linguistic segments from continuous speech- and word learning-the mapping of those segments to meanings-as separate problems. These two abilities develop in parallel, however, raising the question of whether they might interact. To explore the question, we present a new Bayesian segmentation model that incorporates aspects of word learning and compare it to a model that ignores word meanings. The model that learns word meanings proposes more adult-like segmentations for the meaning-bearing words. This result suggests that the non-linguistic context may supply important information for learning word segmentations as well as word meanings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNAACL HLT 2010 - Human Language Technologies: The 2010 Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Proceedings of the Main Conference
Place of PublicationStroudsburg, PA
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
Pages501-509
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)1932432655, 9781932432657
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event2010 Human Language Technologies Conference ofthe North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, NAACL HLT 2010 - Los Angeles, CA, United States
Duration: 2 Jun 20104 Jun 2010

Other

Other2010 Human Language Technologies Conference ofthe North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, NAACL HLT 2010
CountryUnited States
CityLos Angeles, CA
Period2/06/104/06/10

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    Jones, B. K., Johnson, M., & Frank, M. C. (2010). Learning words and their meanings from unsegmented child-directed speech. In NAACL HLT 2010 - Human Language Technologies: The 2010 Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Proceedings of the Main Conference (pp. 501-509). Stroudsburg, PA: Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).