Klaas Seinhorst MA, Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam
Complexity and regularization of phonological patterns
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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