Gradual Acquisition of Mental State Meaning: A Computational Investigation

Libby BarakUniversity of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Afsaneh FazlyUniversity of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Suzanne StevensonUniversity of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Abstract

The acquisition of Mental State Verbs (MSVs) has been extensively studied in respect to their common occurrence with sentential complement syntax. However, MSVs also occur in a variety of other syntactic structures. Moreover, other verb classes frequently occur with sentential complements, e.g., Communication and Perception verbs. The similarity in distribution of the various verb classes over syntactic patterns may affect the acquisition of the meaning of MSVs by association. In this study we present a novel computational model to learn verb classes, which allows us to analyze the association of mental verbs to their meaning over a variety of syntactic patterns. Our results point to an important role of the full syntactic preferences of MSVs on top of their occurrences with sentential complements.

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