Tag: Connectionism

Connectionism vs. Computational Theory of Mind

Usually, the problems in AI may be many times related to Philosophy of Mind, and perhaps because this reason may be in essence very disputable. So, for instance, the famous question: Can a machine think? It was proposed by Alan Turing [16]. And it may be the more decisive question,

Connectionist Models: Implications in Second Language Acquisition

In language acquisition, ‘Emergentists’ claim that simple learning mechanisms, of the kind attested elsewhere in cognition, are sufficient to bring about the emergence of complex language representations (Gregg, 2003). Connectionist model is one of the models among others proposed by emergentists. This paper attempts to clarify the basic assumptions of

A Review of the Language-Thought Debate: Multivariant Perspectives

In recent times, there has been a growing interest in analyzing the relationship between language and thought from a variety of points of view to explore whether language comes before thought or thought precedes language. Accordingly, the present paper attempts at mulling over the current debates on this issue, including Chomsky’s (1975, 1983)

On Major Perspectives on Language Acquisition: Nativism, Connectionism, and Emergentism

The phenomenon of language acquisition is a controversial issue within the field of language-related studies. Different approaches have been proposed to take account of this complicated matter. The present paper attempts at reviewing the current cognitive perspectives on language acquisition, i.e., Connectionism and Emergentism and exploring to what extent they are different from Nativism.

Designing a Growing Functional Modules “Artificial Brain”

The present paper illustrates the design process for the Growing Functional Modules (GFM) learning based controller. GFM controllers are elaborated interconnecting four kinds of components: Global Goals, Acting Modules, Sensations and Sensing Modules. Global Goals trigger intrinsic motivations, Acting and Sensing Modules develop specific functionalities and Sensations provide the controlled

A Review of the Language-Thought Debate: Multivariant Perspectives

In recent times, there has been a growing interest in analyzing the relationship between language and thought from a variety of points of view to explore whether language comes before thought or thought precedes language. Accordingly, the present paper attempts at mulling over the current debates on this issue, including