Csaba Pleh and Zsuzsa Kaldy (1996) Where Does Story Grammar Come From? . Psycoloquy: 7(34) Language Network (14)
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Psycoloquy 7(34): Where Does Story Grammar Come From?

Book Review of Miikkulainen on Language-Network

Csaba Pleh and Zsuzsa Kaldy
Department of General Psychology
Eoetvoes Lorand University
P.O. Box 4 H-1378
Budapest, Hungary

pleh@izabell.elte.hu Kaldy@izabell.elte.hu


This commentary discusses some problems that we have encountered with Miikkulainen's language processing model, DISCERN, described in his book, Subsymbolic Natural Language Processing: An Integrated Model of Scripts, Lexicon, Memory (1993). First, DISCERN uses grammatical analysis in an unclarified manner. It assumes certain notions like Cases without giving them a connectionist account, and also presupposes a preliminary syntactic analysis. Neither the categories nor the temporal relations are connected to research on human parsing. Second, the relations between sentence parsing and story parsing are left unclear. Third, the story material used is extremely constrained. These constraints (one actor, one plot, etc.) are not trivial and seriously limit the scope of the model for human story processing.


computational modeling, connectionism, distributed neural networks, episodic memory, lexicon, natural language processing, scripts.