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Productivity and Reuse In Language: A Theory of Linguistic Computation and Storage

Timothy J. O'Donnell


Language allows us to express and comprehend an unbounded number of thoughts. This fundamental and much-celebrated property is made possible by a division of labor between a large inventory of stored items (e.g., affixes, words, idioms) and a computational system that productively combines these stored units on the fly to create a potentially unlimited array of new expressions. A language learner must discover a language’s productive, reusable units and determine which computational processes can give rise to new expressions. But how does the learner differentiate between the reusable, general ... More

Keywords: language, productivity, productivity and reuse, storage and computation, probabilistic model, computational model, fragment grammars, inflectional morphology, derivational morphology, past tense

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780262028844
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028844.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy J. O'Donnell, author
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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