The Weekly Newsletter of MIT Linguistics

Phonology Circle 10/1 - Michelle Fullwood

Speaker: Michelle Fullwood
Title: Learning nonconcatenative morphological units via Bayesian inference
Date/Time: Monday, Oct 1, 5-7p
Location: 32-D831

(This is a practice talk for NECPhon.)

I will demonstrate an extension to the Goldwater model of Bayesian morphological segmentation (Goldwater, Griffiths & Johnson 2009) to handle the unsupervised learning of nonconcatenative morphologies for languages such as Arabic and Hebrew. I will then discuss a number of linguistic questions that can receive empirical answers by applying the extended model to actual lexica.