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Developmental Stages of Perception and Language Acquisition in a Perceptually Grounded Robot

Dominey, Peter Ford and Boucher, Jean-David (2004) Developmental Stages of Perception and Language Acquisition in a Perceptually Grounded Robot. [Conference Paper]

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Abstract

The objective of this research is to develop a system for language learning based on a minimum of pre-wired language-specific functionality, that is compatible with observations of perceptual and language capabilities in the human developmental trajectory. In the proposed system, meaning (in terms of descriptions of events and spatial relations) is extracted from video images based on detection of position, motion, physical contact and their parameters. Mapping of sentence form to meaning is performed by learning grammatical constructions that are retrieved from a construction inventory based on the constellation of closed class items uniquely identifying the target sentence structure. The resulting system displays robust acquisition behavior that reproduces certain observations from developmental studies, with very modest “innate” language specificity.

Item Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:robotic langauge acquisition, perceptually grounded robot, developmental learning
Subjects:Computer Science > Language
Computer Science > Machine Learning
Computer Science > Robotics
ID Code:4060
Deposited By:Prince, Dr Christopher G.
Deposited On:14 Apr 2005
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55

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