University of Hertfordshire

Why will rat's go where rats will not

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  • J. Hayes
  • V. Murphy
  • N. Davey
  • Pamela Smith
  • L. Peters
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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcs of the 10th European Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks
Publication statusPublished - 2002


Experimental evidence indicates that regular plurals are nearly always omitted from
English compounds (e.g., rats-eater) while irregular plurals may be included within these structures (e.g., mice-chaser). This phenomenon is considered to be good evidence to support the dual mechanism model of morphological processing (Pinker & Prince, 1992).
However, evidence from neural net modelling has shown that a single route associative memory based account might provide an equally, if not more, valid explanation of the compounding phenomenon.

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