Prediction in processing is a by-product of language learning

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 36 (4):350-351 (2013)
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Abstract

Both children and adults predict the content of upcoming language, suggesting that prediction is useful for learning as well as processing. We present an alternative model which can explain prediction behaviour as a by-product of language learning. We suggest that a consideration of language acquisition places important constraints on Pickering & Garrod's (P&G's) theory.

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