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Colloquium - Elman

ECCR 265

Language as a Dynamical System
Department of Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego
Jeff Elman photo

Although the study of language has long been contentious, and although there are significant differences among contemporary theories, there is also a high degree of consensus on core assumptions about the nature of computation. The most important of these assumptions is that processing can be understood within the framework of discrete automata. To a large extent, this consensus is implicit, since these assumptions are so widely shared and no competing approaches have been offered which might challenge these assumptions.

In this talk, I would like to present what I view as a potentially very different computational framework for understanding language, using the framework of dynamical systems theory. The talk will draw on results from dynamical systems analysis of neural networks, and relate these results to a number of issues from linguistic theory and psycholinguistics.

Refreshments will be served immediately before the talk at 3:30pm.
Hosted by Dirk Grunwald.

The Department holds colloquia throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. These colloquia, open to the public, are typically held on Thursday afternoons, but sometimes occur at other times as well. If you would like to receive email notification of upcoming colloquia, subscribe to our Colloquia Mailing List. If you would like to schedule a colloquium, see Colloquium Scheduling.

Sign language interpreters are available upon request. Please contact Stephanie Morris at least five days prior to the colloquium.

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