15.3447, Confs: Linguistic Theories / Oakland, CA, USA

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Date: 05-Dec-2004
From: Alan Yu < aclyu at uchicago.edu >
Subject: Modified Re:  15. 3406:  Exemplar-Based Models in Linguistics

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Date: Thu, 09 Dec 2004 12:38:12
From: Alan Yu < aclyu at uchicago.edu >
Subject: Modified Re:  15. 3406:  Exemplar-Based Models in Linguistics

Exemplar-Based Models in Linguistics

Date: 09-Jan-2005 - 09-Jan-2005
Location: LSA Annual Meeting, Oakland, CA, United States of America
Contact: Alan Yu
Contact Email: aclyu at uchicago.edu
Meeting URL: http://washo.uchicago.edu/symposium.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Linguistic Theories

Meeting Description:

This symposium focuses on exemplar-based models of linguistic
representations and language processing. Exemplar-based models conceive of
linguistic representations as consisting in or being directly shaped by
speakers' memories of specific tokens of linguistic items. Such models have
long been considered in psychological research, and are being considered in
Linguistics by a growing number of researchers in such disparate areas as
phonetics and phonology (e.g. Johnson, 1997, Pierrehumbert, 2002 and
elsewhere), morphology (e.g. Bybee, 2001), syntax (e.g. Bod, 2001), and
language acquisition (e.g. Tomasello, 2000).  Shared strengths of such
models lie in their ability to model gradient and highly variable
phenomena, and in their readiness to utilize data-rich resources, such as
large and/or detailed corpus-based databases. Shared challenges lie in the
need to account for speakers' ability to generalize, i.e. to learn and
apply abstract patterns - those facts that inspired the notion of 'infinite
generative capacity'.

The main purpose of this 3-hour long symposium is to showcase
state-of-the-art work on exemplar-based models at multiple levels of
linguistic representation: segmental, word-level, and phrase-level. A
second purpose is to bring into focus challenges to research on
exemplar-based models.

Susanne Gahl, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Alan C. L. Yu, Department of Linguistics, University of Chicago

Session I: 9:00-9:50
Allard Jongman (University of Kansas): On boundaries, prototypes, and
exemplars in speech perception
Discussant: Steve Goldinger (Arizona State University)

Session II: 9:50-11:00
Andy Wedel (University of Arizona): Category competition can drive contrast
maintenance within an exemplar-based production and perception loop
Mirjiam Ernestu (Max Planck Institute, Nijmegen): Systematic analogical
effects in regular past-tense production in Dutch: adult production and
children's acquisition
Discussant: Janet Pierrehumbert (Northwestern University)

Session III: 11:00-12:00
Rens Bod (University of Amsterdam): Exemplar-Based Syntax
Chris Johnson (University of Chicago): Developmental reinterpretation in
first language acquisition
Discussant: Chris Manning (Stanford University)

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