For years, linguists have been compiling corpora of different languages and their various subcomponents in order to learn more about the nature of human communication. Analyzing these large datasets of text or spoken language, researchers have been able to draw fascinating conclusions about the underlying grammars of languages, the ways languages have changed over time,Continue reading “Phonology and Music”
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Feature Story: Unlocking the Secrets of the Brain
Imaging Technologies and AI in the 21st Century Questions surrounding the brain functions behind language learning, speech comprehension, and cognitive disorders have puzzled researchers for decades, but in the last few years, advancements in brain imaging technologies and artificial intelligence have started to produce answers. Now, a new technology out of Carnegie Mellon’s Biomedical FunctionalContinue reading “Feature Story: Unlocking the Secrets of the Brain”
Is Linguistic Relativity Real?
A few months ago I made a post discussing the theory of linguistic relativity, explaining its general premise and how it was applied in a well-known sci-fi movie. Today, I’d like to revisit the idea, exploring how credible its different versions really are through examinations of a few case studies. To briefly summarize the concept,Continue reading “Is Linguistic Relativity Real?”
Evaluating Computational Models of Language Acquisition
How do children learn language? This question is one of the most important and mysterious challenges facing the modern linguistics community. If answered, language acquisition curriculums could be optimized, neural networks could be designed to more effectively learn human language, language corpora could be modeled after human language comprehension, and our understanding of the complexContinue reading “Evaluating Computational Models of Language Acquisition”
Cross-Linguistic Semantics: Methodological Advances
As I mentioned in my previous post, this summer, I had the pleasure of attending the 33rd European Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information, a fascinating series of multidisciplinary courses focusing on the intersection of computational linguistics, semantics, and logic. Today, I’d like to discuss another class that I attended at the school thatContinue reading “Cross-Linguistic Semantics: Methodological Advances”
Language Resources: Optimal Neural Network Training
This summer, I had the pleasure of attending the 33rd European Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information, a fascinating series of multidisciplinary courses focusing on the intersection of computational linguistics, semantics, and logic. Today I’d like to discuss one of the classes I participated in called Creating and Maintaining High-quality Language Resources, which didContinue reading “Language Resources: Optimal Neural Network Training”
Who Was Morris Halle?
On April 1st, 2022, MIT dedicated a wing of their Stata Center to Noam Chomsky and Morris Halle, celebrating the achievements of the two great linguists and the ongoing incredible linguistic study being conducted at the university. In my time studying linguistics, I have heard of Noam Chomsky many times, frequently seeing him referred toContinue reading “Who Was Morris Halle?”
Neural Networks in Linguistics Research
In the modern technological age, machine learning algorithms have been applied to almost every field of study, and linguistics is no exception. In this post, I’ll give a brief explanation of how neural networks work and then demonstrate how they can be used to assist linguistics research. Neural networks, or NNs for short, are machineContinue reading “Neural Networks in Linguistics Research”