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Colloquium - Elman

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

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.

Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
May 5, 2012 (14:13)