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Confs: Linguistic Theories, General Linguistics/USA

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        1.     Kathleen Hall , Information-Theoretic Approaches to Linguistics

Message 1: Information-Theoretic Approaches to Linguistics
Date: 16-Jun-2011
From: Kathleen Hall <LSAinfotheorybrutus.ling.ohio-state.edu>
Subject: Information-Theoretic Approaches to Linguistics
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Information-Theoretic Approaches to Linguistics

Date: 16-Jul-2011 - 17-Jul-2011
Location: Boulder, CO, USA
Contact: Kathleen Hall Beth Hume
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: https://verbs.colorado.edu/LSA2011/workshops/WS5.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Linguistic Theories

Meeting Description:

We are pleased to announce a two-day workshop on information-theoretic approaches to linguistics, to be held July 16-17, 2011, in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America's Summer Linguistics Institute.

Note: There is no registration fee, but please pre-register by e-mailing your name and affiliation to lsainfotheoryling.osu.edu no later than July 1, 2011, so that we can plan for the number of attendees.

For more information, please see: http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/LSAinfotheory/

A wide range of research has shown that tools from information theory (e.g. information content/surprisal, entropy) are useful tools in addressing questions of linguistic interest. These range from predicting the targets and outcomes of phonological and syntactic processes, to explaining the cognitive bases for these processes, to evaluating models of linguistic data.

This two-day NSF-funded workshop will bring together a number of researchers working on information-theoretic approaches to linguistics in an effort to share knowledge, tools, insights, and specific research findings. There will also be a tutorial on information theory for those not familiar with the approach. The tutorial will be followed by invited talks and a poster session.

Updated Program:

Saturday, July 16th

Registration & Coffee

Welcome & Overview

Information Theory for Linguists - A Tutorial by John Goldsmith


Andrea Sims -- Information Theory and Paradigmatic Morphology

John Hale -- Information-Theoretic Approaches to Syntactic Processing

Lunch and Poster Session

Kathleen Currie Hall, Andy Wedel, and Adam Ussishkin -- Entropy and Phonological Contrast

Florian Jaeger & Roger Levy -- Surprise and Information Density in Sentence Processing and Speaker Choice

Social Hour

Sunday, July 17th


Jason Riggle -- The Role of Acoustic, Articulatory, and Distributional Similarity in Non-Local Dependencies

Petar Milin, Harald Baayen, Peter Hendrix, & Marco Marelli – From Nominal Case in Serbian to Prepositional Phrases in English: Modeling Exemplar and Prototype Effects without Exemplars and without Prototypes, Using Discriminative Learning


Beth Hume, Fred Mailhot, & Rory Turnbull -- Quantifying Redundancy Relations among Distinctive Features


John Goldsmith -- Learning Morphophonology from Unsupervised Learning of Morphology

Roundtable Discussion


Sonia Barnes -- The Role of Frequency and Neighborhood Density in the Deletion of Intervocalic /d/ in Spanish First Conjugation Past Participles
Uriel Cohen-Priva -- Information Utility Promotes Preservation
Michael Collins -- Information Theory and Linearization Patterns of Phrasal Prepositional Verbs
Robin Dodsworth -- The Role of Complexity in Dialect Contact Outcomes
Richard Futrell & Michael Ramscar -- German Grammatical Gender Manages Nominal Entropy
Sunghoon Hong -- An Information-Theoretic Account of the Epenthetic Vowel in Korean
Blake Stephen Howald -- Information-Theoretic Perspectives on the Supervised Machine
Learning of the Spatiotemporal Event Structure of Narrative Discourses
Michael Ramscar & Richard Futrell -- The Predictive Function of Prenominal Adjectives
Purnima Thakur -- Sibilants in Gujarati Phonology
Tsz-Him Tsui -- An Information-Theoretic Account of Tonal Merger in Hong Kong Cantonese
Marjolein van Egmond, Lizet van Ewijk, & Sergey Avrutin -- A New Theoretical Model for Word Finding Difficulties in Aphasic Patients
Lizet van Ewijk -- Verb Retrieval in Non-Fluent Aphasia: An Information-Theoretic Approach

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