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Date

Thu Oct 05, 2017

Time

05:15 PM - 06:30 PM


			

Location

LSE B01

Category

Lectures

Title

LINGUISTICS COLLOQUIUM: "More Than Occasional: Grappling With the Relative Ubiquity of Nonlocal Adjectives"

Description

Abstract to be provided.

This is also a Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/132708257360358/.

Speaker(s)

Marcin Morzycki (Michigan State University)

Sponsored by

BU Linguistics Program

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Carol Neidle (BU Linguistics)

Date

Thu Nov 16, 2017

Time

05:15 PM - 06:30 PM


			

Location

LSE B01

Category

Lectures

Title

LINGUISTICS COLLOQUIUM: "Perception of Non-native Speech"

Description

Abstract: Listening to non-native speech often provides a significant challenge for native speakers of a language. While substantial work has examined how non-native speech differs from native speech, relatively little work has examined how native listeners perceive this speech. In this talk, I will present studies examining what factors might influence how native speakers perceive and can adapt to non-native speech. Experiments 1 and 2 examine how perception of non-native speech compares to the perception of other unfamiliar types of speech and, and what cognitive and linguistic factors might influence listeners’ abilities to perceive these types of unfamiliar speech. Experiment 3 investigates how native listeners adapt to non-native speech over time, and how exposure to speakers from different backgrounds may influence this adaptation. In Experiment 4, I will present production data investigating some global properties of non-native production that may influence perception of this speech by non-native speakers. I will discuss the implications of these studies for our understanding of non-native speech, and for perception more broadly.

This is also a Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1399840486799971/.

Speaker(s)

Melissa Baese-Berk (Associate Professor, University of Oregon)

Sponsored by

BU Linguistics Program

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Carol Neidle (BU Linguistics)

Date

Thu Dec 07, 2017

Time

05:30 PM - 06:45 PM


			

Location

LSE B01

Category

Lectures

Title

LINGUISTICS COLLOQUIUM: "How Phonetic Learners Should Use Their Input"

Description

Abstract: Children have impressive statistical learning abilities. In phonetic category acquisition, for example, they are sensitive to the distributional properties of sounds in their input. However, knowing that children have statistical learning abilities is only a small part of understanding how they make use of their input during language acquisition. This work uses Bayesian models to examine three basic assumptions that go into statistical learning theories: the structure of learners' hypothesis space, the way in which input data are sampled, and the features of the input that learners attend to. Simulations show that although a naïve view of statistical learning may not support robust phonetic category acquisition, there are several ways in which learners can potentially benefit by leveraging the rich statistical structure of their input.

This is also a Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/846247092203474/ .

Speaker(s)

Naomi Feldman (University of Maryland (and MIT))

Sponsored by

BU Linguistics Program

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Carol Neidle (BU Linguistics )

Date

Thu Mar 22, 2018

Time

05:15 PM - 06:30 PM


			

Location

LSE B01

Category

Lectures

Title

LINGUISTICS COLLOQUIUM: "Large-scale Studies of Segmental and Prosodic Variation in Speech"

Description

Abstract to be provided.

Speaker(s)

Morgan Sonderegger (McGill University)

Sponsored by

BU Linguistics Program

For more information

Carol Neidle (BU Linguistics)

Date

Thu Apr 12, 2018

Time

05:15 PM - 06:30 PM


			

Location

TBA

Category

Lectures

Title

LINGUISTICS COLLOQUIUM: "Development and Variation in Child African American English"

Description

Abstract to be provided.

Speaker(s)

Lisa Green (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Sponsored by

BU Linguistics Program

For more information

Carol Neidle (BU Linguistics)