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Automaton Theories of Human Sentence Comprehension

John T. Hale

Different kinds of grammars may actually be used in models of perceptual processing. By relating grammars to cognitive architecture, John T. Hale shows step-by-step how incremental parsing works and how specific learning rules might lead to frequency-sensitive preferences. Along the way, this book reconsiders garden-pathing, the parallel/serial distinction and information-theoretical complexity metrics, such as surprisal. This book is a must for cognitive scientists of language.

John T. Hale is an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics at Cornell University.


  • Preface
  • 1. Introduction 1
  • 2. The Notion of a Grammar 11
  • 3. Generalized Left-Corner Parsing 19
  • 4. Garden-Pathing 35
  • 5. Cognitive Architecture for Linguists 53
  • 6. Experience as a Control Strategy for Incremental Parsing 67
  • 7. Information-Theoretical Complexity Metrics 83
  • 8. Surprisal and Chunking 91
  • 9. Conclusion 99
  • References 107

September 29, 2014

ISBN (Paperback): 9781575867472
ISBN (Cloth): 9781575867489
ISBN (electronic): 9781575867496

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