M. Dolores Jiménez-López

Also published as: Maria Dolores Jiménez-López


2018

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Proceedings of the Workshop on Linguistic Complexity and Natural Language Processing
Leonor Becerra-Bonache | M. Dolores Jiménez-López | Carlos Martín-Vide | Adrià Torrens-Urrutia
Proceedings of the Workshop on Linguistic Complexity and Natural Language Processing

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A Gold Standard to Measure Relative Linguistic Complexity with a Grounded Language Learning Model
Leonor Becerra-Bonache | Henning Christiansen | M. Dolores Jiménez-López
Proceedings of the Workshop on Linguistic Complexity and Natural Language Processing

This paper focuses on linguistic complexity from a relative perspective. It presents a grounded language learning system that can be used to study linguistic complexity from a developmental point of view and introduces a tool for generating a gold standard in order to evaluate the performance of the learning system. In general, researchers agree that it is more feasible to approach complexity from an objective or theory-oriented viewpoint than from a subjective or user-related point of view. Studies that have adopted a relative complexity approach have showed some preferences for L2 learners. In this paper, we try to show that computational models of the process of language acquisition may be an important tool to consider children and the process of first language acquisition as suitable candidates for evaluating the complexity of languages.

2016

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Could Machine Learning Shed Light on Natural Language Complexity?
Maria Dolores Jiménez-López | Leonor Becerra-Bonache
Proceedings of the Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Linguistic Complexity (CL4LC)

In this paper, we propose to use a subfield of machine learning –grammatical inference– to measure linguistic complexity from a developmental point of view. We focus on relative complexity by considering a child learner in the process of first language acquisition. The relevance of grammatical inference models for measuring linguistic complexity from a developmental point of view is based on the fact that algorithms proposed in this area can be considered computational models for studying first language acquisition. Even though it will be possible to use different techniques from the field of machine learning as computational models for dealing with linguistic complexity -since in any model we have algorithms that can learn from data-, we claim that grammatical inference models offer some advantages over other tools.