Klaas Seinhorst MA, Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam

Complexity and regularization of phonological patterns

01June2018 15:15 - 16:30


Klaas Seinhorst is the guest speaker at this ACLC seminar, the title and abstract of this lecture are now available.


An extensive body of research suggests that the complexity of a data set is negatively correlated with its learnability. An obvious strategy to improve learnability, then, is reducing complexity, for instance by regularization, i.e. elimination of exceptions. I will present results from two implicit learning experiments that investigate patterns of phonological features. In the first experiment, participants displayed regularizing behavior; in the other, the reduction of complexity turned out to have its limits.


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