Technical Reports (CIS)

Document Type

Technical Report

Date of this Version

October 1992


University of Pennsylvania Department of Computer and Information Science Technical Report No. MS-CIS-92-76.


The paper was delivered as a commentary upon Michael Brent's presentation "Acquisition of Subcategorization Frames Using Aggregated Evidence from Local Syntactic Cues" to the Conference on Acquisition of the Mental Lexicon, IRCS, University of Pennsylvania, January 1992. It argues in support of using statistical techniques like Brent's to minimize the consequences of errors and misanalyses, but concludes that the case for believing that children acquire subcategorizations and other aspects of syntax on the basis of semantic and contextual cues remains strong.



Date Posted: 25 July 2007