Report Number: CS-TR-73-369
Institution: Stanford University, Department of Computer Science
Title: The development of conceptual structures in children.
Author: Schank, Roger C.
Date: May 1973
Abstract: Previous papers by the author have hypothesized that it is
possible to represent the meaning of natural language
sentences using a framework which has only fourteen primitive
ACTs. This paper addresses the problem of when and how these
ACTs might be learned by children. The speech of a child of
age 2 is examined for possible knowledge of the primitive
ACTs as well as the conceptual relations underlying language.
It is shown that there is evidence that the conceptual
structures underlying language are probably complete by age
2. Next a child is studied from birth to age 1. The emergence
of the primitive ACTs and the conceptual relations is traced.
The hypothesis is made that the structures that underlie and
are necessary for language are present by age 1.