Learned Construction Grammars Converge Across Registers Given Increased Exposure

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This paper measures the impact of increased exposure on whether learned construction grammars converge onto shared representations when trained on data from different registers. Register influences the frequency of constructions, with some structures common in formal but not informal usage. We expect that a grammar induction algorithm exposed to different registers will acquire different constructions. To what degree does increased exposure lead to the convergence of register-specific grammars? The experiments in this paper simulate language learning in 12 languages (half Germanic and half Romance) with corpora representing three registers (Twitter, Wikipedia, Web). These simulations are repeated with increasing amounts of exposure, from 100k to 2 million words, to measure the impact of exposure on the convergence of grammars. The results show that increased exposure does lead to converging grammars across all languages. In addition, a shared core of register-universal constructions remains constant across increasing amounts of exposure.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 25th Conference on Computational Natural Language Learning
Place of PublicationOnline
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781955917056
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2021


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