Accession Number:

AD0646598

Title:

STEPS TOWARD A MODEL OF LINGUISTIC PERFORMANCE: A PRELIMINARY SKETCH,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1967-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

41.0

Abstract:

The report discusses the task of formulating a model of linguistic performance and proposes an approach toward this goal that is oriented toward an embodiment of the model as a digital computer program. The methodology of current linguistic theory is criticized for several of its features that render it inapplicable to a realistic model of performance, and remedies for these deficiencies are proposed. The syntactic and conceptual data structures, inference rules, generation and understanding mechanisms, and learning mechanisms proposed for the model are all described. The learning process is formulated as a series of five stages, and the roles of nonlinguistic feedback and inductive generalization relative to these stages are described. Finally, the implications of a successful performance model for linguistic theory, linguistic applications of computers, and psychological theory are discussed. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Linguistics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE