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Recent studies have shown that infants have access to highly useful language acquisition skills. On the one hand, they can segment a stream of unmarked syllables into words, based only on the statistical regularities present in it. On the other, they can abstract beyond these input-specific regularities and generalize to rules. It has been argued that these are two separate learning mechanisms, that the former is simply associationist whereas the latter requires variables. In this paper wefatcat:fxszcojadzc4nhfv4dkkbhy3ra