Self-organizing map models of language acquisition

Ping Li, X. Zhao

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Connectionist models have had a profound impact on theories of language. While most early models were inspired by the classic parallel distributed processing architecture, recent models of language have explored various other types of models, including self-organizing models for language acquisition. In this paper, we aim at providing a review of the latter type of models, and highlight a number of simulation experiments that we have conducted based on these models. We show that self-organizing connectionist models can provide significant insights into long-standing debates in both monolingual and bilingual language development. We suggest future directions in which these models can be extended, to better connect with behavioral and neural data, and to make clear predictions in testing relevant psycholinguistic theories. © 2013 Li and Zhao.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberArticle 828
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Issue numberNOV
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Age of acquisition
  • Connectionism
  • Cross-language priming
  • Language acquisition
  • Lexical aspect
  • SOM
  • Vocabulary spurt

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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