Colloquium Talk: Prof. John A. Goldsmith

January 23, 2017 - 5:45pm - 6:45pm

The Agora Space at Discovery Park (first floor, G150)

Language: Generative Grammar and Machine Learning


“As a linguist who is committed to generative grammar and as a researcher who believes that machine learning is one of the most important areas for linguists to pay attention to, I have frequently had to convince myself that there is no inherent contradiction in these two views. I will explain why generative grammar and machine learning seem on the face of things to be antagonists, and why each can learn a lot from the other.”


John A. Goldsmith is the Edward Carson Waller Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Linguistics and Computer Science at the University of Chicago. His principal areas of research are phonological theory, computational learning of natural language, and the evolution of the mind sciences in the 19th and 20th centuries. He is the author of Battle in the Mind Fields: The First Four Generations with Bernard Laks, to appear in 2018.