Tools for Researching Vocabulary : Simple Vocabulary Networks

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Tools for Researching Vocabulary : Simple Vocabulary Networks

  • Instructor(s): Paul Meara University of Oxford
  • Available also as advanced: No
This workshop is a short introduction to simulations of vocabulary networks.
Part One provides a general introduction to a very simple type of network that might serve as a model of of how a vocabulary network might work. We will look at some interesting emergent properties of this type of network and examine how these emergent properties have analogues with real vocabulary networks.
Part Two of the workshop will give you the chance to explore some of these properties for yourself, and to discover how the networks respond to various types of input.
In Part Three you can run some simple simulations of basic processes in a vocabulary. The simplest simulations involve vocabulary loss and attrition. The models we will be looking at have some unexpected emergent features which might have important implications for real-life language loss in people with Alzheimer’s.
If time allows we will also look at growing and developing vocabularies, and examine the emergent features of these dynamic systems.
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