Empirical Tests of the Gradual Learning Algorithm

Paul Boersma, Bruce Hayes
2001 Linguistic Inquiry  
The Gradual Learning Algorithm (Boersma 1997) is a constraint-ranking algorithm for learning optimality-theoreticgrammars. The purpose of this article is to assess the capabilities of the Gradual Learning Algorithm, particularly in comparison with the Constraint Demotion initiated the learnability research program for Optimality Theory. We argue that the Gradual Learning Algorithm has a number of special advantages: it can learn free variation, deal effectively with noisy learning data, and
more » ... unt for gradient well-formedness judgments. The case studies we examine involve Ilokano reduplication and metathesis, Finnish genitive plurals, and the distribution of English light and dark /l/.
doi:10.1162/002438901554586 fatcat:v27vur6nqjdz7fj5gtndslzh5q