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A recent video from the Active Inference GuestStream, presenting a pre-print with Emma Holmes and Karl Friston and discussing the nature of language and computation.
Joint work with Evelina Leivada is now out in Ampersand. We discuss 10 ambiguous, misused or polysemous terms in linguistics, including I-/E-language, entrainment, reference, ‘the neural basis of X’, (un)grammaticality, third factor, and labeling.
Science today published a new study on early Homo braincase shape, with some commentary from me included. The full paper is here.
Part of the Abralin series of linguistics lectures: “A Neurocomputational Perspective on Syntax“. ‘How are basic linguistic computations implemented in the brain? Drawing on recent findings from the biological and cognitive sciences, I will propose a neurocomputational model of language … Continue reading
Starting this week, Psychology Today are publishing new articles of mine under the column “Language and Its Place in Nature“, so more regular writings can be found there. The first piece is about how aging impacts language processing.
New theoretical syntax paper with Jae-Young shim on the status of categorial labeling and copies in Linguistic Research. PDF “In contrast to dominant views that the labeling algorithm (LA) detects (i) only the structurally highest copy of a moved object, … Continue reading
Scientific understanding can be roughly defined – as Chomsky once said – as a convergence between properties of the mind and properties of the world. What form does this convergence take? Heisenberg is supposed to have said to Einstein that ‘If nature … Continue reading
New paper published in Glossa on the ancient debate of whether language is optimally designed for cognition or communication. Language design and communicative competence: The minimalist perspective “In the Minimalist Program, the place of linguistic communication in language evolution and … Continue reading