Language in the Mind and Machine

By | Nina Kazanina
School of Psychological Science, University of Bristol

Date | Thursday 12 December 2019
Time | 13:00
Venue| Senior Common Room, Level 2 (2D17), Priory Road Complex

I will discuss some fundamental regularities in language, both in the structural domain (e.g. long-distance agreement dependencies) and in those related to interpretation (e.g. restrictions on pronoun coreference).  I will review how such regularities emerge during language development and how they are incorporated into the process of real-time language comprehension. I will then propose specific ways in which one can investigate whether these properties can be learnt by neural networks and compare the network’s learning trajectory to that of the human speaker.

All Welcome | Tea, coffee and cakes will be served after the seminar.