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CoEDL Seminar: Prediction and learning in typologically-different languages, Franklin Chang, 16 Dec

Australian National University, Processing

Date: 12 December 2016

Seminar: Prediction and learning in typologically-different languages: A P-chain approach

Speaker: Franklin Chang

When: Friday 16 December 2016, 3-4:30pm

Where: Engma Room (5019), CoEDL, HC Coombs Building, ANU

Abstract: 

Prediction is an important topic that links language acquisition, production, and comprehension.  To explain how these domains are linked, we have developed a framework called the P-chain (Dell & Chang, 2014).  The P-chain argues that prediction can be explained by processes that are actually needed for learning language production representations.  We will illustrate this using structural priming data from children and adults.  Furthermore the P-Chain predicts that architecture of sentence production should have implications for learning typologically-different languages.  To test this, we compared the sentence prediction accuracy for different learners in a bag-of-words incremental generation task using input from 12 typologically-different languages (Chang, Lieven, & Tomasello, 2008).  In this talk, I will present an updated set of results applied to a wider set of languages.

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