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Language Acquisition and the Necessity of a New Neural Network Approach

  • Kay Behnke
  • Peter Wittenburg
Conference paper

Abstract

Each theory related to the acquisition of a language has to take into account the fact that children are not biased toward learning a particular language, but have the potential to learn any language they are exposed to. Therefore, the cognitive abilities which help in acquiring a language must be of universal character.

Keywords

Input Vector Speech Signal Input Space Speech Perception Learning Rule 
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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kay Behnke
    • 1
  • Peter Wittenburg
    • 1
  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for PsycholinguisticsNijmegenThe Netherlands

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