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Changing Minds Changing Tools: From Learning Theory to Language Acquisition to Language Change

Vsevolod Kapatsinski


Language acquisition has often been approached as an isolated domain subject to its own laws and driven by its own mechanisms. The working hypothesis of this book is that language acquisition is simply learning, subject to the same laws as learning in other domains, and well-described by models of associative learning. ‘Changing minds changing tools’ connects findings in language acquisition to comparable findings elsewhere, including research on error-driven predictive learning, Hebbian learning, chunking, category learning, and learned selective attention. In the process, ‘Changing minds cha ... More

Keywords: associative learning, error-driven learning, Hebbian learning, Bayes, categorization, automatization, usage-based, grammaticalization, sound change, morphology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780262037860
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262037860.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vsevolod Kapatsinski, author
University of Oregon