dan everett dan_everett at SIL.ORG
Thu Mar 22 18:58:43 UTC 2001

     Maybe. I think our paper is problematic for just about any version of
     connectionism, though.

     Have a look and see.


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Subject: Connectionism
Author:  <lamb at RICE.EDU> at Internet
Date:    3/22/01 8:59 AM

On Thu, 22 Mar 2001, dan everett wrote:

>      The basic idea is that phonological representations require the use of
>      variables and cannot be accounted for by different strengths of
>      connections or statistical generalizations. Evidence for variables is
>      problematic for connectionism.
>      ...

Variables are problematic only for a simple-minded version of
connectionism such as the well-known version of Rumelhart &
McClellan and their colleagues, with its limitation to three
layers, etc. But that simple-minded version has to be rejected
anyway as neurologically implausible.

  - Syd Lamb

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> Subject: Re: Dyslexia
> Author:  <Twright at> at Internet
> Date:    3/21/01 1:41 PM
> At 08:17 AM 3/21/01 -0500, dan everett wrote:
> >     We have a new paper either just out or nearly out in Cognitive
> >     Psychology on variables in Hebrew word representation, also arguing
> >     that phonological representation is nonconnectionist, symbolic and
> >     representational.
> What exactly is meant by "nonconnectionist" in this context?  I am familiar
> with the concepts of connectionism, but could you expand a bit about
> phonological representation being nonconnectionist?  Also, what is the
> difference between it being symbolic and being representational?  I am eager
> to know more about this line of inquiry, as it sounds very interesting.
> --Tony Wright

Sydney M. Lamb        
Linguistics and Cognitive Sciences
Rice University, Houston, TX

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