CRL Talks

Talks are every Tuesday at 4:00pm in CSB 280.

Join us in the CRL lab for happy half-hour at 3:30pm in CSB 215.

October 17

Adam McCollum, Eric Baković, Anna Mai, and Eric Meinhardt UCSD Linguistics

Conditional blocking in Tutrugbu requires non-determinism: implications for the subregular hypothesis

Early work in computational phonology demonstrates that the types of rules used to define phonological transformations belong to the class of regular languages in the Chomsky Hierarchy. More recent work has contended that attested phonological transformations belong to some computationally less complex class, somewhere in the subregular hierarchy. Heinz & Lai (2013), for example, argue that attested vowel harmony patterns are weakly deterministic while unattested, “pathological” patterns are more complex than this, if not non-regular. Contra Heinz & Lai (2013), we demonstrate that the ATR harmony pattern of Tutrugbu (McCollum & Essegbey 2017) is not weakly deterministic. We argue that there is no hard boundary between subregular and regular phonology, but that subregularity exists as a computational simplicity bias, in line with previous work on learning biases in phonology (e.g. Moreton & Pater 2012).

Fall Quarter 2017

October 3 Andreas Brocher University of Cologne

A shared features model of the representation of irregular polysemes

October 10 William Matchin UCSD Linguistics

The cortical organization of syntactic processing in American Sign Language

October 17

Eric Bakovic UCSD Linguistics and colleagues

Conditional blocking in Tutrugbu requires non-determinism: implications for the subregular hypothesis

October 24

Marybel Robledo Gonzalez UCSD Cognitive Science

 

October 31

Qi Cheng UCSD Linguistics

 

November 7

Sarah Creel UCSD Cognitive Science

 

November 14

Jonathan Venezia UC Irvine

 

November 21 No CRL Talk
November 28

Barbara Kaup University of Tuebingen

 

December 5

Leon Bergen UCSD Linguistics

 

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