Charles Yang

Affiliation: 
University of Pennsylvania
Talk Title: 
On Counting and Double Object Construction
Event Type: 
Colloquium
Semester: 
Fall 2016
Date: 
Friday, December 2, 2016, 3:30 pm
Location: 
SAC 305
 
Abstract:
To learn a grammar is to project a system of rules from a finite number of examples. The same holds for the acquisition of counting and numerical concepts, which involves the induction of language-specific rules for numeral formation. I develop this unexpected connection between number and language under a general principle of learning (Yang 2016 MIT Press), which provides, among others, a resolution of Baker’s Paradox  in the acquisition of the double object construction.