Author Archives: murphyblog
Universal Grammar is not dead
In a new study to be published in next week’s issue of PNAS, Yuan Yang and Steven Piantadosi’s paper, “One model for the learning of language,” attempts to show that language acquisition is possible without recourse to “innate knowledge of the … Continue reading
University College Dublin School of Medicine Lecture
A recent talk I gave at UCD School of Medicine: “Why Everything You Know About Language is Wrong”.
Active Inference GuestStream Video
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.
New paper out in Ampersand
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.
The primitive brain of early Homo
Science today published a new study on early Homo braincase shape, with some commentary from me included. The full paper is here.
Abralin lecture on YouTube
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
New regular column at Psychology Today
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 paper out in Linguistic Research
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