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Probabilistic Syntax: Phonetics, Diachrony, and Synchrony

Wann 21.03.2010 um 09:00 bis
24.03.2010 um 18:00
Wo FRIAS Seminarraum, Albertstr. 19
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Organized by Joan Bresnan and Benedikt Szmrecsanyi

There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating the centrality of probabilistic reasoning and statistical inference in mastering spoken and written discourse. Even for higher-level linguistic choices between close paraphrases speakers of a language have powerful predictive abilities that enable them to match their variable linguistic environments and anticipate the linguistic choices of others. In this spirit, the meeting seeks to bring together syntacticians, phoneticians, psycholinguists, sociolinguists, and computational linguists to discuss probabilistic approaches to modeling syntactic variation in synchrony and diachrony.

Confirmed participants:

  • Harald Baayen
  • Mirjam Ernestus
  • Marilyn Ford
  • Teo Juvonen
  • Victor Kuperman
  • Janet Pierrehumbert
  • Anette Rosenbach
  • Hinrich Schuetze
  • Sali Tagliamonte



Monday, March 22

9:30h Joan Bresnan & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi
10.00h Marilyn Ford
  Variation and probabilistic syntax: a psycholinguistic perspective
11:15h Victor Kuperman
  Effects of accessibility and syntactic probability on the acoustic production of dative verbs
14:30h Anette Rosenbach
  Probabilistic syntax: evidence from genitive variation, past and present
15:15h Sali Tagliamonte
  A sociolinguistic perspective on dative and genitive variability: Canadian English
16:30h Christoph Wolk, Katharina Ehret, Joan Bresnan, & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi
  Dative and genitive variability in Late Modern English



Tuesday, March 23

9:45h Harald Baayen
  From nominal case in Serbian to prepositions in English: modeling exemplar and prototype effects without exemplars and without prototypes
11:00h Mirjam Ernestus
  The roles of exemplars and abstract representations in the processing of acoustically reduced speech
11:45h Teo Juvonen
  Genitive variation and text type features in Late Middle and Early Modern English
14:30h Christoph Wolk, Lars Konieczny, Peter Baumann, Barbara Hemforth, Sascha Wolfer
  Probabilistic interference in Second Language Acquisition?
15.15h Janet Pierrehumbert
  Word frequency, predictability, and availability
16:30h Hinrich Schütze
  The genesis of exemplars: Where do they start and end?