Cognitive Science Colloquium - Matt Goldrick

Thu, Oct 17, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Peretsman Scully Hall - Room 101

Abstract:  During speech, the positions of the articulators evolve continuously in physical space, yielding continuously varying sound patterns. In ongoing work, my colleagues and I have proposed that mental representations underlying speech evolve continuously in an abstract symbolic space, organized around the dimensions that define linguistic structures. To support this proposal – Gradient Symbolic Computation (GSC) – I will review data from speech production suggesting multiple planning elements can be co-activated and as a result co-produced in articulation. I'll discuss the co-activation of symbolic planning elements within and across languages at multiple levels of linguistic representation.