**Please note that this colloquium will take place on MONDAY and is a separate event from Colin’s Walker-Ames talk. Information and registration for the Walker-Ames talk on Wednesday can be found at: http://engage.washington.edu/site/Calendar?id=111703&view=Detail**
Monday, May 13
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
This talk explores some striking parallels between findings on children’s grammatical development and findings on adult real time language processing, and discusses their implications for learning mechanisms. In the first part of the talk I will show how findings about children’s selective success with constraints on anaphora align closely with findings about adults’ selective fallibility in the on-line implementation of those constraints. The constraints that show immunity to interference in adults are the same constraints that show robust early development in children. In situations where children tend to show non-adultlike judgments, on-line studies show that adults fleetingly consider the same illicit interpretations that children allow. In the second part of the talk I move to a discussion of how children’s immature parsing system might give rise to these errors, and how development of the parsing mechanism, particularly the ability to recover from incorrect guesses made by an ‘active’ parsing mechanism, could not only lead to mastery of constraints on grammatical dependencies, but potentially other learning problems besides.
Reception will follow in the same location
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