Context-freeversus context-dependent constituency relations: A false dichotomy

AAAI Conferences 

In this paper I articulate a notion of constituency orthogonal both to classical and connectionist approaches. I shall consider three "structure-in-time" connectionist networks (Simple Recurrent Networks, Long Short-Term Memory Models, and Nonclassical Connectionist Parsers). I shall argue that explaining compositionality by means of any of these models drives us to an information-processing blind alley. In my view, human combinatorial behaviour must be grounded in sensorimotor activity and the parameter of time. A dynamical notion of constituency will thus be offered.