LINGUIST List 28.4394

Tue Oct 24 2017

Summer Schools: Harmonic Grammar: Models and Methods/India

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 13-Oct-2017
From: Shakuntala Mahanta <>
Subject: Harmonic Grammar: Models and Methods/India
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Host Institution: Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Coordinating Institution: Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

Dates: 14-Dec-2017 - 21-Dec-2017
Location: Guwahati, Assam, India

Focus: Computational tools which explore models of grammar have been known to give rise to new and detailed linguistic insights. Harmonic Grammar (HG) is a synthesis of generative and connectionist/statistical approaches to language. The models of linguistic knowledge combine representations and constraints (or rules) from generative linguistics with the numerical weights used in connectionist and statistical frameworks. There now exist a number of variants of HG, along with a range of freely available computational tools for exploring these models of grammar. This course provides an introduction to both the models and the methods, assuming no background in either mathematics or computational modeling. Starting with a version of HG that closely resembles the well-known “classic” Optimality Theory model of Prince and Smolensky (1993/2004), the course then proceeds to introduce more elaborate probabilistic models (Goldwater and Johnson’s 2003 Maximum Entropy Grammar, Boersma and Pater’s 2008 Noisy HG), as well as versions of HG that use serial derivations (as Harmonic Serialism - McCarthy 2007 et seq.).
Minimum Education Level: MA

The course will be primarily taught by Prof. Joe Pater who teaches Phonology at the Department of Linguistics, University of Massachusetts. The venue for the course is Centre for Educational Technology, IIT Guwahati

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Tuition: 1000 Other
Registration: 01-Oct-2017 to 15-Nov-2017
Contact Person: Shakuntala Mahanta
                Phone: +91(0)3612582565

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Registration Instructions:
There are two steps 1)Registration on GIAN portal for all participants: A token (one time) registration fee of INR 500/- (non-refundable) will be charged from all participants. INR 500 is to be paid here Course fees are waived for students and unwaged participants from India. Step 2) However, a refundable INR 1000 must be paid as a demand draft to "REGISTRAR, INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GUWAHATI" Payable at "GUWAHATI" Please send the DD to Shakuntala Mahanta Associate Professor Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati North Guwahati. PIN -781039 Assam Participants from abroad : US $500 (Apart from GIAN registration) Industry/ Research Organizations: INR 20000 Academic Institutions ( salaried academics from India): INR 5000 students (from India): INR 1000 (refundable, subject to joining the course) The above fee include all instructional materials, computer use for tutorials and assignments, laboratory equipment usage charges, 24 hr free internet facility. Students will receive a grade card if they require one (1 credit course) Course fee for non-students: As per the guidelines given in the course format or as decided by the course coordinator/host institution.

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