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date: 25 August 2019

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This article presents a non-exhaustive history of research that employs computational modeling of human language acquisition in Chomsky’s principles and parameters framework. The history underscores a tension that has evolved in the field between deterministic (triggering) and nondeterministic (search) approaches. Though it is now clear that the original and widely accepted conception of triggering was flawed, results from recent computational modeling efforts indicate that a modified deterministic triggering theory of human language acquisition may be viable after all.

Keywords: triggers triggering language acquisition computational psycholinguistics learnability principles parameters modeling

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