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Full Title: Linguistic Variability and How the Mind/Brain Accommodates It

Location: Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Start Date: 14-Jul-2013 - 14-Jul-2013
Contact: T. Florian Jaeger
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.hlp.rochester.edu/variability/
Meeting Description: Linguistic Variability and How the Mind/Brain Accommodates It

Linguistic communication requires that interlocutors understand each other’s utterances. A fundamental challenge to this process arises because of ‘variability’: No two tokens of a given linguistic expression are ever the same. Speakers from different demographic categories or linguistic backgrounds will produce a given expression differently. Even within a speaker, variability arises when speakers use different registers, or simply because formulation and articulation are not rigid deterministic processes. This variability raises questions for linguistic and psycholinguistic theory, and poses a formidable challenge to work in natural automatic speech recognition as well as language processing.

This workshop will gather research investigating any aspect of how variability affects language processing and linguistic theory, including the origin of variability in language production mechanisms, how variability is overcome or even exploited by language comprehension and acquisition mechanisms. The workshop also welcomes research incorporating issues of variability into the nature of linguistic representation at all levels of linguistic analyses.

The workshop is organized by Florian Jaeger (University of Rochester) and Victor Ferreira (University of California, San Diego).

For further information, please visit the workshop website at http://www.hlp.rochester.edu/variability/.
Linguistic Subfield: Cognitive Science; Neurolinguistics; Phonetics; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 24.2388

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