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CLCG Colloquium:"Are conservative quantifiers easier to learn than non-conservative quantifiers? Results from novel word learning experiments" (Jennifer Spenader)

When:Th 06-12-2018 12:00 - 13:00
Where:Harmonie building room 1313.0309

CLCG Colloquium talk by Jennifer Spenader (Artificial Intelligence, Groningen) (Joint work with Jill de Villiers)

Title:

"Are conservative quantifiers easier to learn than non-conservative quantifiers? Results from novel word learning experiments"

Abstract:

In this talk I'll explain why many researchers believe that conservative quantifiers are easier to learn than non-conservative quantifiers. I'll then present results from joint work with Jill de Villiers where we have (successfully and unsuccessfully) attempted to teach novel quantifiers that are either conservative or non-conservative, to adults and children.  Our conclusions tentatively suggest conservative quantifiers may be easier. Further, I will discuss the challenges of investigating quantifier learning , comparing it to investigations of word classes that are more often the focus of word learning studies.