Linguistic Attractors

The cognitive dynamics of language acquisition and change

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The interdisciplinary linguistic attractor model portrays language processing as linked sequences of fractal sets, and examines the changing dynamics of such sets for individuals as well as the speech community they comprise. Its motivation stems from human anatomic constraints and several artificial neural network approaches. It uses general computation theory to: (1) demonstrate the capacity of Cantor-like fractal sets to perform as Turing Machines; (2) better distinguish between models that simply match outputs (emulation) and models that match both outputs and internal dynamics (simulation); and (3) relate language processing to essential computation steps executed in parallel. Measure and information theory highlight the key variables driving linguistic dynamics, while catastrophe and game theory help predict the possible topologies of language change.

It introduces techniques to isolate and measure attractors, and to interpret their stability and relative content within a system. Important results include the capability to distinguish the sequence of related sound changes, and to make point-to-point comparisons of different texts using common metrics. Other techniques allow quantifiable ambiguity landscapes illustrating the forces that propel different languages in different directions.

[Human Cognitive Processing, 2]  1999.  xv, 375 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface
ix
Introduction: Abstractions, Universals, Systems and Attractors
1
1. Human Architecture: Physical Constraints ans Special Accomodations
17
2. Possible Neutral Network Implemantations: General Network Properties and Requirements for Computation
47
3. Representations
87
4. Attractor Dynamics on Semantic Fields
105
5. Towards an Attractor Grammar
137
6. The Dynamics of Language Change: Beowulf, the Tatian, and German Biblical Texts
205
References
329
Index
353
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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