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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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‘Leave the starry heavens alone’: Some old problems of mind and matter

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

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New paper out in Glossa

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

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