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The Relation Between Speaking and Understanding

Date & Time:
January 11, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
CHD 420
Dr. Colin Phillips (University of Maryland)


Language comprehension, language production, and grammatical analysis are typically pursued relatively independently of one another. We have long been interested in the relation between parsing and grammar, but have neglected mechanisms for production. If we can’t unify mechanisms for speaking and understanding, then unifying grammatical computation with either of them is likely fruitless. I will discuss the progress that we have made on understanding these issues.


Dr. Colin Phillips is a Professor of Linguistics and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher as well as the Director of the Maryland Language Science Center and Associate Director of the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program at the University of Maryland.