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Phonatics: Matt Goldrick

When: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM  

Where: Cresap Laboratory, Cresap 101, 2021 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Oriana Kilbourn-Ceron  

Group: Linguistics Department

Category: Academic


Modeling Liaison using Gradient Symbolic Representations

(Joint work with Paul Smolensky and Eric Rosen, Johns Hopkins University & Microsoft Research)

The Gradient Symbolic Computation framework claims that the mental representations underlying speech are abstract, symbolic, and continuous, such that different symbolic constituents can present within a structure to varying degrees. I’ll discuss how this framework can be used to model the distribution of liaison consonants in French, proposing an algorithm that learns the relative activation of symbolic constituents.

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