Author Archives: jon

LEC talk Friday 23 October: Jelle Zuidema

By jon | October 13, 2015

NOTE UNUSUAL DAY AND TIME Friday 23 October, 16:00–17:30 Room 1.17, DSB Jelle Zuidema, Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, University of Amsterdam Deep learning models of language processing and the evolution of syntax Researchers that assume discrete, symbolic models of syntax, tend to reject gradualist accounts in favor of a ‘saltationist’ view, where the [...]

Read more »

LEC talk Tuesday 13th October: Jenny Culbertson

By jon | October 5, 2015

Tuesday 13th October, 11:00–12:30 Room 1.17, DSB Jenny Culbertson Language learning and word order regularities: Children’s errors reflect a typological preference for harmonic patterns Much recent debate in cognitive science concerns whether language universals exist and whether there is a connection between language acquisition, language change, and linguistic typology. However, recent studies have made important [...]

Read more »

LEC talk Friday 2nd October: Ted Gibson

By jon | September 24, 2015

NOTE UNUSUAL DAY, TIME, AND LOCATION Friday 2nd October, 14:00–15:30 Informatics Forum, 4.31/4.33 Ted Gibson, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT Information theoretic approaches to language universals Finding explanations for the observed variation in human languages is the primary goal of linguistics, and promises to shed light on the nature of human cognition. One [...]

Read more »

LEC talk 22nd September: Olga Feher

By jon | September 17, 2015

Tuesday 22nd September, 11:00–12:30 Room 1.17, DSB Olga Fehér Structural priming in an artificial language I am going to talk about a study that used artificial language learning paradigms to investigate structural priming (coordination with the syntactic structure of the partner’s previous utterance) during communicative interaction. We trained participants on artificial languages exhibiting unpredictable variation [...]

Read more »