The relationship between SLI in English and Modern Greek

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We present a computational modelling approach to the study of SLI in two languageswith different typological characteristics, namely English and ModernGreek. Our modelling approach was based on the development of three neuralnetwork (connectionist) architectures, each assumed to underlie the acquisitionof a core domain of language (inflectional morphology, syntax comprehension,and syntax production). The architectures were exposed to artificial linguisticenvironments reflecting the characteristics of their target domains in Englishand Greek. Computational simulations also considered conditions of atypicallearning constraints, corresponding to different theoretical proposals for thetype of deficit underlying SLI. The simulation results, combined with someshared properties of the three models, point to a unified explanation of theimpairment under the connectionist framework.


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