The Wonder of a Child Learning Their Native Language

Imagine you are faced with the following challenge: You must discover the underlying structure of an immense system that contains tens of thousands of pieces, all generated by combining a small set of elements in various ways. These pieces, in turn, can be combined in an infinite number of ways, although only a subset of these combinations is actually correct. However, the subset that is correct is itself infinite. Somehow you must rapidly figure out the structure of this system so that you can use it appropriately early in your childhood.


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 Statistical language learning: Mechanisms and constraints
Periodicals>Journal Article:  Saffran, Jenny (2003), Statistical language learning: Mechanisms and constraints, Current Directions in Psychological Science, 12(4), 110–114, Retrieved on 2017-05-18
Folksonomies: language cogntion