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CIFLTE Public Talk: Dr. Brian MacWhinney on Emergence of Language Structure

CIFLTE at TC, Columbia University is hosting a public talk by Dr. Brian MacWhinney from Carnegie Mellon University on Emergency of Language Structure. Please see the flyer for more information.

The session will be on Zoom, and will be held Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 5:00-7:00 PM ET.
Not to be missed! Register NOW to reserve your spot.
Emergence of Language Structure by

Dr. Brian MacWhinney

Teresa Heinz Professor of Cognitive Psychology Carnegie Mellon University

Emergentism views the emergence of structure as the result of the operation of competing processes or constraints across levels and timeframes. I will illustrate this form of analysis for physical systems such as states of water, protein folding, and geologic formations.  Language structure also arises over time from the interaction of competing pressures that operate at diverse timeframes (evolution, language change, memory, and learning) and linguistic levels (articulation, audition, lexicon, morphology, syntax).  I will illustrate these interactions using data on competing constraints from psycholinguistics, child language learning, sociolinguistics, language typology, second language learning, and multilingualism.

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Dec 13 2023


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


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Teachers College, Columbia University
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