Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Short Communication

Rules and similarity processes in artificial grammar and natural second language learning: What is the “default”?


Peter Robinson a1
a1 Department of English, Aoyama Gakuin University, 4-4-25 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8366, Japan peterr@cl.aoyama.ac.jp http://www.cl.aoyama.ac.jp/~peterr/

Abstract

Are rules processes or similarity processes the default for acquisition of grammatical knowledge during natural second language acquisition? Whereas Pothos argues similarity processes are the default in the many areas he reviews, including artificial grammar learning and first language development, I suggest, citing evidence, that in second language acquisition of grammatical morphology “rules processes” may be the default.