Thursday, January 9, 2014

Next time on 1/24/14 @ 3pm in SBSG 2221 = Meylan et al. 2014 Manuscript

It looks like the best collective time to meet will be Fridays at 3pm for this quarter, so that's what we'll plan on.  Our first meeting will be in a few weeks on January 24.  Our complete schedule is available on the webpage at 

On Jan 24, we'll be looking at an article that examines a formal metric to gauge productivity for grammatical categories, based on hierarchical Bayesian modeling.

UPDATE for Jan 24: Michael Frank was kind enough to provide us with an updated version of the 2013 paper (2013 version linked below), which they're intending to submit for a journal publication. It's already received some outside feedback, and they'd be delighted to hear any thoughts we had on it.  Michael preferred the manuscript not be posted publicly however, so I've sent it around as an attachment to the mailing list.

Meylan, S., Frank, M. C., & Levy, R. 2013. Modeling the development of determiner productivity in children's early speech. Proceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.

Categorical productivity is typically used to determine when abstract knowledge that a category actually exists is acquired (think "VERB exists, not just see and kiss and want! Woweee! Who knew?"), which is a fundamental building block for more complex linguistic knowledge.

I think the metric proposed in this session's article is particularly useful to compare and contrast against the metric that's been proposed recently by Yang (which is based on straight probability calculations), so I encourage you to have a look at that one as well:

Yang, C. 2013. Onotogeny and philogeny of language. 2013. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 110 (16). doi:10.1073/pnas.1216803110.

See you on Jan 24!

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