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A modular connectionist model covers all six established phenomena in transitivity development in children and predicts a new effect. In contrast, a symbolic-rule hypothesis based on logic captures none of these effects and is directly contradicted by one of them. In the model a constraint-satisfaction network generates a response based on input from a feed-forward comparison module and the particular question asked. Cycles to saturate the response module implement response times. 


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