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Berwick, Robert C.

Works: 28 works in 193 publications in 4 languages and 5,739 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: Q335, 415
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Most widely held works by Robert C Berwick
The acquisition of syntactic knowledge by Robert C Berwick( Book )

24 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 565 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
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 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why only us : language and evolution by Robert C Berwick( Book )

19 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 514 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. -- from dust jacket
Computational models of discourse by Michael Brady( Book )

29 editions published between 1982 and 1989 in English and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

16 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

14 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rich languages from poor inputs by Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini( Book )

20 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 139 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
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 27 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( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perché solo noi : linguaggio ed evoluzioine by Robert C Berwick( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in Italian and English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Solo noi possediamo lo strano oggetto biologico chiamato "linguaggio". Noi e nessun'altra specie animale, compresi i primati non umani, visto che uno scimpanzé non sfiora neppure le capacità sintattiche di un bambino di tre anni. Il linguaggio è l'unicità più intrigante ed enigmatica in cui si sia mai imbattuto chi studia l'animale uomo, quella che ha avuto effetti incalcolabili sulla nostra vicenda. Da lungo tempo stuoli di scienziati delle più varie discipline e dei più diversi orientamenti sono alla ricerca delle sue origini; un'avventura intellettuale in cui si incrociano spade e si mettono in campo saperi sofisticati, sempre di nuovo riarmati in una tenzone senza fine. Un vero rovello soprattutto per l'evoluzionismo, alle prese con un "salto" che ne sfidava la tradizionale impostazione gradualistica. Oggi però molto è cambiato, perché negli ultimi venticinque anni abbiamo appreso sulle basi neurofisiologiche e genetiche del linguaggio più che nei secoli precedenti, mentre i biologi evoluzionisti sono approdati, con matematiche avanzate, a interpretazioni stocastiche del cambiamento evolutivo. Dall'analisi di queste risultanze ripartono Noam Chomsky, supremo teorico della grammatica universale innata, e il linguista computazionale Robert Berwick, tra i maggiori studiosi dell'apprendimento vocale negli uccelli canori. La loro tesi, insieme evoluzionistica e discontinuistica, è un punto di arrivo nel dibattito sull'argomento
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

Computational consequences of agreement and ambiguity in natural language by Eric Sven Ristad( Book )

4 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 4 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

Validation in language testing by Richard Berwick( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 3 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
Chomusukī gengogaku kōgi : gengo wa ikani shite shinka shitaka by Noam Chomsky( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in Japanese and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Birdsong, speech, and language : exploring the evolution of mind and brain( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

POR QU SOLO NOSOTROS?/ WHY ONLY US? : evolucin y lenguaje/ evolution and language by Robert C Berwick( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in Spanish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

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The acquisition of syntactic knowledge
Alternative Names
Berwick, Robert C.

Berwick, Robert Cregar.

Berwick, Robert Cregar, 1951-

Robert C. Berwick amerikanischer Computerlinguistiker und Informatiker

Robert C. Berwick computational linguistics and computer science and engineering professor at MIT

Robert C. Berwick usona komput-lingvosciencisto kaj komputikisto

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