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A Connectionist Model of Reading for Italian

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Publication date2009
Host publicationConnectionist models of behaviour and cognition II : proceedings of the 11th Neural Computation and Psychology Workshop, University of Oxford, UK, 16-18 July 2008
EditorsJ Mayor, N Ruh, K Plunkett
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherWORLD SCIENTIFIC PUBL CO PTE LTD
Pages301-311
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9789812834225, 9812834222
<mark>Original language</mark>English
Event11th Neural Computational and Psychology Workshop - Oxford, United Kingdom

Workshop

Workshop11th Neural Computational and Psychology Workshop
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityOxford
Period16/07/0818/07/08

Workshop

Workshop11th Neural Computational and Psychology Workshop
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityOxford
Period16/07/0818/07/08

Abstract

Classic connectionist models of reading have traditionally focused on English, a language with a quasi-regular (deep) relationship between orthography and phonology, and very little work has been carried out on more transparent (shallow) orthographies. This paper introduces a parallel distributed processing (PDP) model of reading for Italian. The model is successful in simulating a variety of behavioral effects such as the neighborhood effect and the morphological effect in nonword reading, previously accounted for by dual route architectures, and provides clear evidence that different grain sizes in the orthography to phonology mapping can be discovered even in a model trained with almost perfectly shallow stimuli.