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 »

Kochetov & Alderete 2011: Expressive palatalization

Patterns and scales of expressive palatalization: Experimental evidence from Japanese Alexei Kochetov, John Alderete Abstract: This paper argues for the existence of expressive palatalization (E-Pal) – a phonologically unmotivated process that applies in sound symbolism, diminutive constructions, and babytalk registers. E-Pal is proposed to be grounded in iconic sound-meaning associations exploiting acoustic properties of palatalized consonants, and thus is inherently… Read more »

Crosswhite et al. 2003: Russian stress experiment

Morphological effects on default stress placement in novel Russian words Katherine Crosswhite, John Alderete, Tim Beasley, Vita Markman Abstract: This article presents the results of a nonce-probe experiment conducted with 13 native speakers of Russian and examines the implications of these results for the linguistic analysis of Russian stress. Experimental items were novel words that ended in a sequence… Read more »

Alderete et al. 2005: contrast analysis

Contrast analysis aids the learning of phonological underlying forms John Alderete, Adrian Brasoveanu, Nazarré Merchant, Alan Prince, and Bruce Tesar Abstract: This paper presents evidence in support of the idea that observations about surface contrast can inform a language learner about the content of underlying forms. Specifically, it is shown that contrasting surface realizations of a pair… Read more »

Alderete 2008: Learnability filters

Using learnability as a filter on computable functions: a new approach to Anderson and Browne’s generalization John Alderete Abstract: This article investigates the learnability filter (LF) hypothesis, according to which the set of logically possible grammars predicted by linguistic theory is reduced to a proper subset of learnable grammars by external principles of language learning. Antifaithfulness constraints (Alderete,… Read more »

Alderete & Tesar 2002: Learning covert phonological interaction

Learning covert phonological interaction: An analysis of the problem posed by the interaction of stress and epenthesis John Alderete, Bruce Tesar Abstract: The purpose of this report is to contribute to formal learning theory in Optimality Theory by providing an analysis of the problem posed by covert phonological interaction. Building on standard theories of syllable… 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 »

Tesar et al. 2003: surgery learning

Surgery in language learning Bruce Tesar, John Alderete, Graham Horwood, Koichi Nishitani, Nazarre Merchant, Alan Prince Blurb: Demonstration of how inconsistency detection can be used to learn lexical representations in tandem with learning constraint rankings in OT grammars. Keywords: surgery learning, computational learning, Optimality Theory, lexical stress, inconsistency detection Downloads:  PDF of article Full citation: Tesar, Bruce, John… Read more »