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Breen in linguistics colloquium, Friday 10/30 at 3:30pm

Mara Breen (Mount Holyoak) will give a colloquium talk in linguistics on Friday, 10/30 at 3:30pm. The title and abstract are below: Registration link is here:

https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUldemurz4oGdAo6hV69nh4k3y82zRiLVZB

Hierarchical linguistic metric structure in speaking, listening, and reading

In this talk, I will describe results from experiments exploring how hierarchical timing regularities in language are realized by speakers, listeners, and readers. First, using a corpus of productions of Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat—a highly metrically and phonologically regular children’s book, we show that speakers’ word durations and intensities are accurately predicted by models of linguistic and musical meter, respectively, demonstrating that listeners to these texts receive consistent acoustic cues to hierarchical metric structure. In a second experiment, we recorded event-related potentials (ERPs) as participants listened to an aprosodic production of The Cat in the Hat. ERP results reveal separable electrophysiological indices of metric and phrasal processing, demonstrating top-down realization of metric structure even in the absence of explicit prosodic cues. In a third experiment, we recorded ERPs while participants silently read metrically regular rhyming couplets where the final word sometimes mismatched the metric or prosodic context. These mismatches elicited ERP patterns similar to responses observed in listening experiments. In sum, these results demonstrate similarities in perceived and simulated hierarchical timing processes in listening and reading and help explain the processes by which listeners use predictable metric structure to facilitate speech segmentation and comprehension.

Gualtieri in CICS, Thursday 10

Marcus Gualtieri (Northeastern University) will give a talk in Machine Learning and Friends lunch talk series. The talk is entitled “Deep Reinforcement Learning.”

Marcus Gualtieri is a PhD student in the Computer Science program at Northeastern University’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences, advised by Professor Robert Platt. He focuses on robotics. Marcus earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Software Engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology.

About

The Machine Learning and Friends Lunch (MLFL) series is sponsored by our friends at Oracle Labs.

MLFL is a lively and interactive forum held weekly where friends of the UMass Amherst machine learning community can gather virtually and give or hear a 50-minute presentation on recent machine learning research.

What is it?   A gathering of students/faculty/staff with broad interest in the methods and applications of machine learning.
When is it?    Thursdays 12:00pm to 1:00pm, via Zoom
Who is invited?   Everyone is welcome.
More info? Email cds-info@cs.umass.edu with questions or suggestions.

Pettibone in LARC, Friday 10/23, 9:00am

Erin Pettibone (Univ. of Toronto) will present her work at LARC on Friday 10/23 at 9:00am. The title of her talk is “¡Pobres niños! Disentangling Evaluative and Non-Restrictive Adjective Interpretations in Adult & Child Spanish”

As always, we start at 9:00AM (Eastern Time). Here is the link to Zoom:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/97574170148

See you all on Friday!

Mantla and Saxon colloquium Friday October 16

Rosa Mantla (Tłı̨chǫ Community Services Agency, Behchokǫ̀, NWT) and Leslie Saxon (University of Victoria) will present “Community and linguistics: What they mean to us” in the Linguistics colloquium series at 3:30 Friday October 16. An abstract follows. All are welcome!

Register here: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/91820615234

Abstract
We have collaborated for over three decades in work supported by our organizations. For both of us our focus has included research, documentation, and promotion of the Tłı̨chǫ language, tied in in different ways with other responsibilities of our employment. After introducing ourselves, we will speak about how we have worked with each other on projects that are outside the specific expertise of one of us. Rosa’s role as Tłı̨chǫ language and culture consultant with the Education branch of the Tłı̨chǫ Community Services Agency (TCSA), and Leslie’s as a linguistics professor at the University of Victoria (UVic) have shaped the content and approaches we have taken in our collaboration. We will take turns describing one or two of our projects and give our perspective on the importance of our collaboration to the project’s success. The other person will then reply on what the project meant to her. We hope to learn something about our collaborative process and share that with our audience.

Mireshghallah in CICS at Thurs. 10/15 12:00-1:00

Thursday, October 15, 2020 – 12:00 Fatemeh Mireshghallah (UCSD): Privacy for Machine Learning

Fatemeh Mireshghallah will give a talk at Machine Learning and Friends lunch. Fatemeh is a CSE PhD student at UCSD, and works in Machine Learning Acceleration and Computer Architecture.

About

The Machine Learning and Friends Lunch (MLFL) series is sponsored by our friends at Oracle Labs.

MLFL is a lively and interactive forum held weekly where friends of the UMass Amherst machine learning community can gather virtually and give or hear a 50-minute presentation on recent machine learning research.

What is it?   A gathering of students/faculty/staff with broad interest in the methods and applications of machine learning.
When is it?    Thursdays 12:00pm to 1:00pm, via Zoom
Who is invited?   Everyone is welcome.
More info? Email cds-info@cs.umass.edu with questions or suggestions.