The Weekly Newsletter of MIT Linguistics

Issue of Monday, February 18th, 2008

Mathematical Models in the Study of Language

The statistics workshop from IAP will continue meeting every two weeks this semester. The plan is to meet at 12:10 on non-colloquium Fridays. Participants alternate in presenting a mathematical model and showing how to analyze some interesting linguistic data with it. Models we will be covering this semester include: Correlation, Regression, Logistic Regression, Mixed Models, Bootstrapping, ANOVA, MANOVA, ANCOVA and many more. (The agenda is open to suggestions.)

The first meeting will be Friday, February 22 at 12:10, in the phonetics lab (32-D958). Adam Albright will present Pearson and Spearman correlations, and how to do them in R.

Berwick at AAAS: No easy answers in evolution of human language

“CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The evolution of human speech was far more complex than is implied by some recent attempts to link it to a specific gene, says Robert Berwick, professor of computational linguistics at MIT.”

Job Talk: Tom McFadden, Thu 2/21, 12:30pm

Our next job talk will be by Thomas McFadden. Tom will be at MIT this Thursday and Friday, Feb 21 - 22. His talk is scheduled in the Ling lunch slot:

“DPs aren’t licensed, they’re selected (or not)”
Thursday, Feb 21, 12:30 - 2pm

Please note the different time of day from our other job talks!

The sign-up sheet for appointments with Tom is up in the usual place, on the faculty mailroom door.