Language and cognition as distributed process and interactions

In this position paper we argue that a conception of linguistic competence and conversational abilities that would fulfil the aims of Artificial General Intelligence cannot remain characterised as a static system of patterns induced from disembodied textual data. Instead, it should be modelled as a continuous, active, and interactive learning process. This is in line with the metaphysical and cognitive assumptions of Interactivism regarding the fundamental status of processes, as well as distributed cognition perspectives which argue that language does not reside in individual minds, brains, or bodies but is “spread out”, embedded, and distributed in the available multimodal interactions with the environment. We show the usefulness of the formalism of Dynamic Syntax with Type Theory with Records (DS-TTR) in modelling dialogue to this end.
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In Proceedings
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Proceedings of the 26th Workshop On the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue (DubDial)
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