Conferences & Presentations

Jackson Petty and Bob Frank present at the BU Conference on Language Development

At the recent (virtual) BU conference on Language Development (November 4-7, 2021), Jackson Petty and Bob Frank presented their work on “Learning structure-role alignments without linguistic bias: A computational exploration”. This paper studied the degree to which modern neural network-based language models come to acquire facts about argument-structure alternations from vast amounts of linguistic experience, but without any innate language-specific constraints.

Claire Bowern Gives Talk at MIT

On Nov 2, Claire Bowern gave a talk in Roger Levy’s Computational Psycholinguistics lab, on phonological stability and factors which may (or may not) give rise to sound change. She talked with lab members about types of explanation around sound change and the interaction between cognitive, social, and physiological constraints on phonological systems.

Maria Piñango gives plenary talk

Maria Piñango gave a plenary talk at the conference “The building blocks of information transfer in language processing” (October 18-19) hosted at the University of Zagreb. In her talk “A possible linguistically motivated processing infrastructure for an Information transfer system” Piñango discussed “information transfer” in the context of linguistically-driven conceptual composition. To this end, she focused on lexical and pragmatic metonymy, phenomena that involve meaning composition yet lack morphophonological support.

Veneeta Dayal teaches a two-day mini-course on Dimensions of (In)definiteness and gives an invited talk on 'Kinds and Objects: A Cross-linguistic Perspective on Number and (In)definiteness Marking'

Veneeta Dayal teaches a two-day mini-course on Dimensions of (In)definiteness and gives an invited talk on ‘Kinds and Objects: A Cross-linguistic Perspective on Number and (In)definiteness Marking’ at Workshop on Formal Linguistics 13, at the University of Brasilia, Brazil held on zoom on September 14-17.

An overview of the Workshop on Formal Linguistics 13 can be found at the link below.

Jim Wood gave an invited talk on nominalizations

Jim Wood gave an invited talk at JENom 9 “The 9th Workshop on Nominalizations,” which was held online June 17–18. This workshop brought together a wide variety of theoretical perspectives and research methodologies on nominalizations, and focused on a number languages including English, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Slovenian, Swedish, Turkish, Basque, Old English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Kwa languages.

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