Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Language Understanding (Human Cognitive Functions)

This is the 7th posting of explaining the figure on human cognitive functions. Today's topic is Parsing (Language Understanding).

As parsing seems to be done in the neo-cortex in human language processing and it apparently requires temporal pattern learning, it is thought to be the function of THC.  On the other hand, parsing is automatically done in a specialized module (see The Modularity of Mind by J. Fodor).   The output of parsing yields the representation of situations (if language understanding is successful), which is thought to be a network of association (or a semantic network).
Part of the representation of situations would be learned through interaction with the exterior world by means of perception and motion, and relation with language expression learned in the process of language acquisition.  We acquire more abstract concepts without direct correspondence with objects in the exterior world by expanding the basic semantics that is innate or acquired by early interaction with the world.

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