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Linguistics Circle occasional seminar series

The Institute of Linguistics organises an occasional series of seminars, where local and international speakers are invited to present the results of recent research which is of interest to both professional (computational) linguists and members of the broader public.

The seminars take place in an informal setting and their primary aim is to encourage discussion. Students and members of the public are welcome to attend!


Upcoming seminars (2016-2017): 

I am always looking for speakers in the Linguistics Circle Seminar. Please contact Lonneke van der Plas if you have something to present.

 

 

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Adam Ussishkin, University of Arizona

Title: What can auditory masked priming tell us about the role of morphology in auditory word recognition?

Date: Wednesday 8 March 2017 at 12:00 hrs

Venue: DGZ108

Words consist of a phoneme or letter sequence that maps onto meaning. Most prominent theories of word recognition (auditory and visual) portray the recognition process as a connection between these small units and a semantic level. However, there is a growing body of evidence suggesting in the priming literature that there is an additional, morphological level that mediates the recognition process. In morphologically linear languages like English, however, morphemes and letter or sound sequences are co-extensive, so the source of priming effects between related words could be due to simple phonological overlap as opposed to morphological overlap. In Semitic languages, however, the non-linear morphological structure of words reduces this confound, since the morphemes are interdigitated in a non-linear fashion. Semitic words are typically composed of a discontiguous root (made up of three consonants) embedded in a word pattern specifying the vowels and the ordering between consonants and vowels. Active-passive pairs of Semitic verbs in Maltese illustrate this relationship (the root is underlined); e.g., fetaħ ‘open’-miftuħ ‘opened’.
In this talk, I report on a number of experiments our lab has carried out in Maltese and Hebrew investigating the extent to which the non-linear morphemes used in Semitic facilitate auditory word recognition, and to what extent potential priming effects are independent of the phonological overlap typically inherent in morphological relationships. These experiments make use of the auditory masked priming technique (Kouider and Dupoux, 2005). I show that not only do roots facilitate auditory word recognition in these languages, but that these morphological effects are independent of phonological overlap effects.

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Andy Wedel, University of Arizona

Title: TBA

Date: Friday 10 March 2017 at 12:00 hrs

Venue: GW214


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Dominique Lagorgette, Université de Savoie-Mont Blanc

Title: TBA

Date: Wednesday 15 March 2017 at 12:00 hrs

Venue: DGZ108



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Roman Klinger, University of Stuttgart

Title: TBA

Date: Friday 17 March 2017 at 12:00 hrs

Venue: GW214


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Uwe Reyle, University of Stuttgart

Title: TBA

Date: Friday 31 March 2017 at 12:00 hrs

Venue: GW214


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Maris Camilleri, University of Vienna

Title: TBA

Date: Friday 7 April 2017 at 12:00 hrs

Venue: GW214


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Holger Mitterer, University of Malta

Title: TBA

Date: Friday 12 May 2017 at 12:00 hrs

Venue: GW214


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Past seminars:

(Seminars from previous years: 2015-20162014-20152013-20142012-20132011-20122010-2011


Catherine Pelachaud,  LTCI, TELECOM ParisTech

Title: Modeling conversational nonverbal behaviors for virtual characters

Date: Wednesday 26th of October at 12:00 hrs

Venue: GWHD1

In this talk I will present our on-going effort to model virtual character with nonverbal capacities.
We have been developing Greta, an interactive Embodied Conversational Agent ECA platform. It is endowed with socio-emotional and communicative behaviors. Through its behaviors, the agent can sustain a conversation as well as show various attitudes and levels of engagement.
The ECA is able to display a large variety of multimodal behaviors to convey communicative intentions. We rely on a lexicon that contains entries defined as multimodal signals temporally coordinated. At run time, the signals for given communicative intentions and emotions are instantiated and their animations realized. Communicative behaviors are not produced in isolation from one another. We have developed models that generate sequences of behaviors; that is behaviors are not instantiated individually but the surroundings behaviors are taken into account.

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