The Role of Predictability in Shaping Human Language Sound Patterns

Страна: Австралия

Город: Sydney

Тезисы до: 01.08.2016

Даты: 10.12.16 — 11.12.16

Область наук: Филологические;

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Организаторы: Western Sydney University


A growing body of research in phonetics, phonology, and psycholinguistics suggests that human language sound patterns are influenced by the predictability of the higher level linguistic units they signify, e.g. words. The relevant context for computing predictability arguably takes into account all levels of linguistic representation in which the sound pattern is embedded. Relevant patterns have been observed at both the level of individual languages as well as cross-linguistically regarding, for example, preferred contexts and likely outcomes of a range of phonetic and phonological processes (see, e.g., Aylett & Turk 2004; Buz et al., in press; Cohen Priva 2012, 2105; Hall 2009; Hume & Bromberg 2005; Hume et al. 2013; Jurafsky 1996; Kleinschmidt & Jaeger 2015; Oh et al. 2015; Piantadosi et al. 2011; Seyfarth 2014; Shaw et al. 2014; van Son & Pols 2003; Wedel et al. 2013). In quantifying predictability, these studies appeal to concepts and/or formal tools from information theory. The symposium welcomes a wide range of formal approaches to quantifying predictability and to evaluating its impact on phonetic and phonological variation. Submissions that use experimental or corpus-based methods are particularly welcome.

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