AAAI Publications, Twenty-Second International FLAIRS Conference

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Exploring Lexical Network Development in Second Language Learners
Scott Crossley, Julian E. (Gene) Boggess, Thomas L. Salsbury

Last modified: 2009-04-01


This study explores how neural network models can simulate word production in second language (L2) learners. A neural network was trained to simulate L2 word production using a variety of word properties related to connectionist networks (hypernymy, polysemy, concreteness, and meaningfulness). The study demonstrates that a neural network can produce words to a similar degree as L2 learners. The findings are important for theories of L2 lexical growth and production.

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