2014-2019 SSHRC Insight Grant on Speech Production

Title: Sound structure in speech production: A comparative study of Fijian and Berber languages Funding: Social Science and Humanities Research Council Research Team: John Alderete (PI, Simon Fraser University), Alexei Kochetov (University of Toronto), Stefan A. Frisch (University of South Florida), Abdelkrim Jebbour (formerly at Ibn Tofail University) Description: Speaking is a complex behavioral task. It involves selecting… Read more »

Alderete, Tupper, & Frisch 2013: Phonological constraint induction

Phonological constraint induction in a connnectionist network: Learning OCP-Place constraints from data John Alderete, Paul Tupper, Stefan A. Frisch Abstract: A significant problem in computational language learning is that of inferring the content of well-formedness constraints from input data. In this article, we approach the constraint induction problem as the gradual adjustment of subsymbolic constraints… Read more »

Alderete, Tupper, & Frisch 2014: Arabic phonotactic learner

Phonotactic learning without a-priori constraints: Arabic root restrictions revisited John Alderete, Paul Tupper, Stefan A. Frisch Abstract: In this article, we develop a connectionist model of learning phonotactics and apply it to the problem of learning root cooccurrence restrictions in Arabic. In particular, a multilayer network with a hidden layer is trained on a representative… Read more »