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Toward a Unified Theory of Development Connectionism and Dynamic System Theory Re-Consider$
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John Spencer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195300598

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300598.001.0001

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Integrating Connectionist Learning and Dynamical Systems Processing: Case Studies in Speech and Lexical Development

Integrating Connectionist Learning and Dynamical Systems Processing: Case Studies in Speech and Lexical Development

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(p.218) CHAPTER 11 Integrating Connectionist Learning and Dynamical Systems Processing: Case Studies in Speech and Lexical Development
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Toward a Unified Theory of Development Connectionism and Dynamic System Theory Re-Consider
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Bob McMurray

Jessica S. Horst

Joseph C. Toscano

Larissa K. Samuelson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300598.003.0011

This chapter examines the interplay of dynamical systems and connectionism at the level of both theory and computation. It begins with a discussion of developmental mechanism focusing on two particular processes—one typically associated with connectionist approaches and one typically associated with dynamical systems. It then illustrates potential hybrid approaches with case studies from the field of language acquisition. The first—a model of speech category learning—illustrates how a dynamical systems perspective may inform a classic connectionist mechanism (i.e., statistical learning). The second—a model of early word learning—combines connectionist and dynamical systems principles. Both suggest that we can no longer treat these two paradigms as independent.

Keywords:   dynamic systems theory, connectionism, language acquisition, speech category learning, early word learning

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