A Mathematical Theory of Learning Transformational Grammar.
Semi-annual technical rept. no. 1, 1 Apr-30 Oct 73,
CALIFORNIA UNIV IRVINE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
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How to explain the fact that children learn language is a central problem for both psychology and linguistics. Suppes 1968 says that the linguists insistence that they will accept nothing less than a complete and detailed account will probably turn out to be the most important conceptual demand on psychology in this century. This paper speaks to that demand by presenting a complete formal characterization of the learning process and the language environment in which it operates. The assumptions are in general accord with psychological and linguistic principles. It is proved that the system converges that is, the learning process, acting on the linguistic information it receives, learns the language, according to a formal criterion. Author