Explaining Systematicity: A Reply to Kenneth Aizawa
- Robert F. Hadley
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In his discussion of results which I (with Michael Hayward) recently reported in this journal, Kenneth Aizawa takes issue with two of our conclusions, which are: (a) that our connectionist model provides a basis for explaining systematicity “within the realm of sentence comprehension, and subject to a limited range of syntax” (b) that the model does not employ structure-sensitive processing, and that this is clearly true in the early stages of the network's training. Ultimately, Aizawa rejects both (a) and (b) for reasons which I think are ill-founded. In what follows, I offer a defense of our position. In particular, I argue (1) that Aizawa adopts a standard of explanation that many accepted scientific explanations could not meet, and (2) that Aizawa misconstrues the relevant meaning of ‘structure-sensitive process’.
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- Explaining Systematicity: A Reply to Kenneth Aizawa
Minds and Machines
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- 1. School of Computing Science and Cognitive Science Program, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C., V5A 1S6, Canada