STUDIES IN BEHAVIORAL ASPECTS OF GRAMMAR AND SEMANTICS.
MICHIGAN UNIV ANN ARBOR MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH INST
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Investigations were made of natural and simulated language behavior. The first concerned the question of how syntactic language behavior is related, if at all, to modern theories of grammar. In order to develop a mechanical syntactic analyzer to replace an ordinary literate reader of a text, it is necessary to understand how the latter comprehends a text. In other words, a syntactic analyzer should be modeled on principles similar to those used by a human reader. The second covered a number of approaches to the study of a semantic space. These experiments are essentially word association experiments, in which the controls are stricter than free association experiments, but not as strict as in Osgoods semantic differential techniques. Author