A self-organizing neural network model of the acquisition of word meaning

Farkas, Igor and Li, Ping (2001) A self-organizing neural network model of the acquisition of word meaning. [Conference Paper]

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In this paper we present a self-organizing connectionist model of the acquisition of word meaning. Our model consists of two neural networks and builds on the basic concepts of Hebbian learning and self-organization. One network learns to approximate word transition probabilities, which are used for lexical representation, and the other network, a self-organizing map, is trained on these representations, projecting them onto a 2D space. The model relies on lexical co-occurrence information to represent word meanings in the lexicon. The results show that our model is able to acquire semantic representations from both artificial data and real corpus of language use. In addition, the model demonstrates the ability to develop rather accurate word representations even with a sparse training set.

Item Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:word meaning, acquisition, self-organizing neural net, word co-occurrences
Subjects:Computer Science > Language
Computer Science > Neural Nets
Linguistics > Semantics
Psychology > Psycholinguistics
ID Code:1914
Deposited By: Farkas, Igor
Deposited On:23 Nov 2001
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54


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