Generative linguistics and neural networks at 60

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An interesting new paper by Joe Pater: "Generative linguistics and neural networks at 60: foundation, friction, and fusion":

Abstract. The birthdate of both generative linguistics and neural networks can be taken as 1957, the year of the publication of seminal work by both Noam Chomsky and Frank Rosenblatt. This paper traces the development of these two approaches to cognitive science, from their largely autonomous early development in their first thirty years, through their collision in the 1980s around the past tense debate (Rumelhart and McClelland 1986, Pinker and Prince 1988), and their integration in much subsequent work up to the present, 2017. Although these traditions are often presented as in opposition to one another, such a presentation assumes polar versions of each approach, and ignores the ever-growing body of results that have been achieved through integration.



  1. Leonardo said,

    November 13, 2017 @ 4:30 pm

    Chomsky? Cognitive Science? 1957? Is it to laugh?

  2. Shimon Edelman said,

    November 13, 2017 @ 6:47 pm

    Here's a pointer to a published paper with a somewhat similar goal (please email me if you cannot get past the paywall):

    S. Edelman (2017). Language and other complex behaviors: unifying characteristics, computational models, neural mechanisms, Language Sciences 62:91-123.

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