- Comprehension of simple quantifiers: empirical evaluation of a computational model
- Cognitive Science
- Volume | Issue number
- 34 | 3
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- Document type
- Interfacultary Research Institutes
- Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC)
We examine the verification of simple quantifiers in natural language from a computational model perspective. We refer to previous neuropsychological investigations of the same problem and suggest extending their experimental setting. Moreover, we give some direct empirical evidence linking computational complexity predictions with cognitive reality. In the empirical study we compare time needed for understanding different types of quantifiers. We show that the computational distinction between quantifiers recognized by finite-automata and push-down automata is psychologically relevant. Our research improves upon, the hypotheses and explanatory power of recent neuroimaging studies as well as provides evidence for the claim that human linguistic abilities are constrained by computational complexity.
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