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Implicit learning: artificial grammar testing


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Grbeš, Mateja. (2017). Implicit learning: artificial grammar testing. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of English Language and Literature. [mentor Zovko Dinković, Irena].

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The purpose of this study is to provide an analysis of the Artificial Grammar Learning Paradigm testing. This testing aims at finding out just how proficient humans are in learning structures they have never seen before and whether that ability is implicit. It includes a task in which participants were asked to find a pattern in an artificial grammar created for the purpose of this study. Based on the findings, we were able to find out more about implicit grammar learning. Language and how it is acquired has been a point of interest of numerous researchers for centuries and researching implicit learning will help us discover more about how language is acquired. As an introduction to the experiment, we will first go over the issue of first language acquisition using studies on primates. Here we will analyse theories on the origin of language and the history of thought on the topic. We will then use studies on primates and look at how similar language acquisition is between humans and primates, and what conclusions have we been able to draw based on the studies done. To delve deeper into the topic, we will provide an analysis of implicit grammar learning and give an introduction into the Artificial Grammar Learning Paradigm. It is hoped that this study will inform the reader on the topic of implicit learning and aid other researchers in their work. Even though AGL testing sheds some light on the subject matter of first language acquisition in children, it does not take into account other factors that influence such process. Further research into the area of AGL testing should take factors such as context and meaning into account.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: origin of language, primates, Universal grammar theory, the innateness theory, implicit learning, implicit grammar learning, Artificial grammar learning paradigm
Subjects: English language and literature
Departments: Department of English Language and Literature
Supervisor: Zovko Dinković, Irena
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2017 15:06
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2017 15:06

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