PatPho: A phonological pattern generator for neural networks

Ping Li, B. Macwhinney

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Much of the power of neural network modeling for language use and acquisition derives from a reliance on statistical regularities implicit in the phonological properties of words. Researchers have devised several methods for representing the phonology of words, but these methods are often either unable to represent realistically sized lexicons or inadequate in the ways they represent individual words. In this paper, we present a new phonological pattern generator (PatPho) that allows connectionist modelers to derive accurate phonological representations of the English lexicon. PatPho not only generates phonological patterns that can scale up to realistically sized lexicons, but also accurately and parsimoniously captures the similarity structures of the phonology of monosyllabic and multisyllabic words.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-415
Number of pages8
JournalBehavior Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology


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