Year: 2015

Worst abstract review ever

“No data, yet combines two or more of the worst phonological theories, resulting in an account that is far more complicated and assumption-laden than the simple if typologically odd pseudo-example given.” I received this review on an abstract I submitted

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Moreton, Pater and Pertsova in Cognitive Science

The nearly final version of our Phonological Concept Learning paper, to appear in Cognitive Science, is now available here. The abstract is below, and we very much welcome further discussion, either by e-mail to the authors (addresses on the first

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Calamaro and Jarosz on Synthetic Learner blog

On the Synthetic Learner blog, Emmanuel Dupoux recently posted some comments on a paper co-authored by Gaja Jarosz and Shira Calamaro that recently appeared in Cognitive Science. Gaja has also written a reply. While you are there, take a peek

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Wellformedness = probability?

There are some old arguments against probabilistic models as models of language, but these do not seem to have much force anymore, especially because we now have models that can compute probabilities over the same representations that we use in

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Representations in OT

I’ve recently had some useful discussion with people about the nature of representations in OT, and how they did or did not (or should or should not) change from a theory with inviolable constraints (= principles and parameters theory). I’d

Posted in Phonological theory

Data in generative phonology

I’d like to raise as a discussion topic the question of what the data are that we are trying to explain in generative phonology. In my view, the lack of clarity about this issue is a bigger foundational issue in

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Discussion: ‘Whither OT’ handout

I’d very much welcome comments or questions on my handout from the Manchester fringe session, held May 27th, 2015  [also: prepared introduction not on handout]. I’m not planning on turning it into a paper, though further discussion might change my mind!

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