A Computational Model Of Cognitive Constraints In Syntactic Locality

dc.contributor.authorBoston, Marisaen_US
dc.contributor.chairHale, John T.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRooth, Matsen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCardie, Claire Ten_US
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation is broadly concerned with the question: how do human cognitive limitations influence difficult sentences? The focus is a class of grammatical restrictions, locality constraints. The majority of relations between words are local; the relations between question words and their governors are not. Locality constraints restrict the formation of these non-local dependencies. Though necessary, the origin, operation, and scope of locality constraints is a controversial topic in the literature. The dissertation describes the implementation of a computational model that clarifies these issues. The model tests, against behavioral data, a series of cognitive constraints argued to account for locality. The result is an explanatory model predictive of a variety of cross-linguistic locality data. The model distinguishes those cognitive limitations that affect locality processing, and addresses the competence-performance debate by determining how and when cognitive constraints explain human behavior. The results provide insight into the nature of locality constraints, and promote language models sensitive to human cognitive limitations.en_US
dc.identifier.otherbibid: 7745293
dc.subjectComputational modelingen_US
dc.subjectSyntactic localityen_US
dc.subjectCognitive constraintsen_US
dc.titleA Computational Model Of Cognitive Constraints In Syntactic Localityen_US
dc.typedissertation or thesisen_US Universityen_US of Philosophy D., Linguistics


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