Testing Models of Phonetics and Phonology
Workshop at the Linguistic Institute 2011: Language in the World
University of Colorado at Boulder
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
Northwestern Department of Linguistics
Stanford Department of Linguistics
UMass Institute for Computational and Experimental Study of Language
National Science Foundation
This single day workshop aims to build connections between computational, experimental, and grammar-based research on phonetics and phonology. Studies using each of these general methodologies often have similar goals and produce mutually informing results, but they are usually presented in distinct journals and conferences, creating a barrier to their integration. The workshop brings together researchers in the areas of speech production, speech perception, and modeling of language acquisition.
**Second call for poster submissions**
In addition to the spoken sessions (see below), a poster session will be held during the workshop. We invite submission of abstracts reporting computational, experimental, and grammar-based research on phonetics and phonology.
Abstracts should be a one-page .pdf file, formatted at minimum 12-point single-spaced with 1 inch margins. Tables, graphs and references can be on a separate page. Abstracts must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions: May 1, 2011.
Accepted abstracts will be posted to the workshop website.
Note: Participants may also be interested in the workshop on “Information-based approaches to linguistics” to be held the following weekend (July 16-17). See
for more details.
*The balance between the gradient and the discrete in language production*
Gary Dell (U Illinois Urbana Champaign)
Implicit learning of artificial phonotactic patterns in the production system:
Connections to the perceptual system and to real phonotactic knowledge
Matt Goldrick (Northwestern)
Gradient symbol processing in speech production
*Listener adaptation to variation*
Jennifer Cole (U Illinois Urbana Champaign)
Modeling listener variability in prosody perception using transcription and
imitation as indirect measures of linguistic processing
Meghan Sumner (Stanford)
Variation-driven speech perception
*Acquisition biases and typological patterns*
Andrew Wedel (U Arizona)
Extending computational models into the laboratory:
Usage biases and the development of contrastive phoneme inventories
Joe Pater (U Massachusetts Amherst)
Formally biased phonology: Complexity in learning and typology