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Title:When Worst is Best: Grammar Construction in Phonological Learning
Authors:Bruce Tesar
Comment:to appear in NELS43
Abstract:This paper explores a benefit of a language learner that accumulates and stores selected information about the target grammar, separate from the representation of the grammar itself. The benefit of interest is the ability to use the accumulated information to construct grammars other than the most plausible “best guess” grammar, and to use those grammars to advance learning. In particular, there are circumstances where constructing the “worst” grammar consistent with accumulated information actually allows the learner to progress more efficiently.
Type:Paper/tech report
Area/Keywords:Learnability, Phonology
Article:Version 1