AAAI Publications, 2017 AAAI Spring Symposium Series

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Can We Already Conceive of a Computational Construction Grammar that is Adequate to Address the Data of Neurolinguistics?
Michael A. Arbib, Nancy Chang, Peter Dominey, Victor Barres, Michael Spranger

Last modified: 2017-03-20


This panel addresses the question: What are the brain mechanisms that support the use of language by modern humans? In particular, the aim is to understand the mechanisms linking perception, action, meaning and language. As an entry point into the study of grammar needed for this purpose, we have sought to bridge between brain theory (Arbib & Bonaiuto, 2016) and construction grammar. Unfortunately, even computational construction grammars come in diverse forms and so this raises the question: What can each version contribute to the eventual emergence of a Neural Construction Grammar (NCG) whose computations are linked to those for perception and action in a neurally plausible way to form an integrated model NCG++ of the larger system, and what gaps remain to be filled?


Construction Grammar, Brain, Neural models

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