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Berwick, Robert C.

Overview
Works: 24 works in 165 publications in 1 language and 4,989 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: Q335, 415
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Robert C Berwick
The grammatical basis of linguistic performance : language use and acquisition by Robert C Berwick( Book )

23 editions published between 1984 and 1989 in English and held by 569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The acquisition of syntactic knowledge by Robert C Berwick( Book )

20 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The computer model. Computation and language acquisition. The acquisition model. Learning phrase structure. Learning transformations. A theory of acquisition. Acquisition complexity. Learning theory: applications. Locality principles and acquisition
Computational models of discourse by M Brady( Book )

28 editions published between 1982 and 1989 in English and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Computational complexity and natural language by G. Edward Barton( Book )

13 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Principle-based parsing : computation and psycholinguistics by Robert C Berwick( Book )

15 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rich languages from poor inputs( Book )

20 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text addresses one of the most famous and controversial arguments in the study of language and mind, the poverty of the stimulus. Internationally recognised scholars consider afresh the issues surrounding this argument and discuss its relation to the process of language acquisition
Why only us : language and evolution by Robert C Berwick( Book )

8 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We are born crying, but those cries signal the first stirring of language. Within a year or so, infants master the sound system of their language; a few years after that, they are engaging in conversations. This remarkable, species-specific ability to acquire any human language -- "the language faculty" -- raises important biological questions about language, including how it has evolved. This book by two distinguished scholars -- a computer scientist and a linguist -- addresses the enduring question of the evolution of language. Robert Berwick and Noam Chomsky explain that until recently the evolutionary question could not be properly posed, because we did not have a clear idea of how to define "language" and therefore what it was that had evolved. But since the Minimalist Program, developed by Chomsky and others, we know the key ingredients of language and can put together an account of the evolution of human language and what distinguishes us from all other animals. Berwick and Chomsky discuss the biolinguistic perspective on language, which views language as a particular object of the biological world; the computational efficiency of language as a system of thought and understanding; the tension between Darwin's idea of gradual change and our contemporary understanding about evolutionary change and language; and evidence from nonhuman animals, in particular vocal learning in songbirds
Birdsong, speech, and language : exploring the evolution of mind and brain by Johan J Bolhuis( Book )

9 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scholars have long been captivated by the parallels between birdsong and human speech and language. In this book, leading scholars draw on the latest research to explore what birdsong can tell us about the biology of human speech and language and the consequences for evolutionary biology. They examine the cognitive and neural similarities between birdsong learning and speech and language acquisition, considering vocal imitation, auditory learning, an early vocalization phase ("babbling"), the structural properties of birdsong and human language, and the striking similarities between the neural organization of learning and vocal production in birdsong and human speech. After outlining the basic issues involved in the study of both language and evolution, the contributors compare birdsong and language in terms of acquisition, recursion, and core structural properties, and then examine the neurobiology of song and speech, genomic factors, and the emergence and evolution of language
Studies in the acquisition of anaphora by Barbara Lust( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Principle-based parsing by Robert C Berwick( Book )

3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Locality principles and the acquisition of syntactic knowledge by Robert C Berwick( )

6 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deterministic parsing and linguistic explanation by Robert C Berwick( Book )

2 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Validation in language testing by Language Testing Research Colloquium$ (14e : 1992 : University of British Columbia)( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The validation of language tests is widely discussed and expected, but only in recent years have researchers adopted a variety of innovative techniques for developing, assessing and validating specific tests of second or foreign language proficiency and their impact on education and society. Indeed, as the present volume clearly demonstrates, many different techniques for empirical analysis and types of evidence may be used to assess and interpret the validity of diverse aspects of language tests as well as the consequences they may have for language students, educators and society."--Jacket
Computational Consequences of Agreement and Ambiguity in Natural Language by Eric Sven Ristad( Book )

3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We argue that the modern computer science technique of computational complexity analysis can provide powerful insights into the algorithm-neutral analysis of information-processing tasks. In particular, we show that a simple, theory-neutral linguistic model of syntactic agreement and lexical ambiguity demonstrates that natural language parsing may be computationally intractable, extending the classic work of Chomsky and Miller (1963). Significantly, we show that it may be syntactic features rather than complex rules that can cause this difficulty. Informally, human languages and the computationally intractable satisfiability problem (SAT) share two costly computational mechanisms: both enforce agreement among terminal symbols across unbounded distances and both allow terminal symbol ambiguity. In natural languages, lexical elements may be required to agree (or disagree) on such features as person, number and gender (e.g., subject/verb agreement in English); in SAT, agreement ensures the consistency of variable truth assignments. (kr)
Learning structural descriptions of grammar rules from examples by Robert C Berwick( Book )

3 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Proceedings of the 28th annual Meeting on Association for Computational Linguistics Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), June 6-9, 1990 by Association for Computational Linguistics( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Computational analogues of constraints on grammars : a model of syntactic acquisition by Robert C Berwick( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A Dynamical Systems Model for Language Change( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Formalizing linguists' intuitions of language change as a dynamical system, we quantify the time course of language change including sudden vs. gradual changes in languages. We apply the computer model to the historical loss of Verb Second from Old French to modern French, showing that otherwise adequate grammatical theories can fail our new evolutionary criterion
Proceedings of the 12th IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Informatics & Cognitive Computing : ICCI*CC 2013 : July 16-18, 2013, Fordham University, New York, USA by IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Informatics & Cognitive Computing( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Formalizing Triggers: A Learning Model for Finite Spaces( )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a recent seminal paper, Gibson and Wexler (1993) take important steps to formalizing the notion of language teaming in a (finite) space whose grammars are characterized by a finite number of parameters. They introduce the Triggering Learning Algorithm (TLA) and show that even in finite space convergence may be a problem due to local maxima. In this paper we explicitly formalize learning in finite parameter space as a Markov structure whose states are parameter settings. We show that this captures the dynamics of TLA completely and allows us to explicitly compute the rates of convergence for TLA and other variants of TLA e.g. random walk. Also included in the paper are a corrected version of GW's central convergence proof, a list of 'problem states' in addition to local maxima, and batch and PAC-style learning bounds for the model
 
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The acquisition of syntactic knowledge
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Berwick, Robert C.

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Computational models of discoursePrinciple-based parsing : computation and psycholinguisticsValidation in language testing