Jason (jcreed) wrote,

In this language log post Mark Lieberman links to a longer description of an interesting experiment in modeling vocabulary creation. His conclusion is that for a language community to successfully negotiate consensus about how words are pronounced, it is necessary and sufficient (given some other assumptions about how pronunciations are learned) for the individuals in that community to have a continuous ("gradient", "probabalistic") internal representation of belief about pronunciation, and a discrete ("categorical") way of perceiving pronunciations.
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    Some further progress cleaning up the https://xkcd.com/1360/ -esque augean stables that is my hard drive. Tomato chicken I made a couple days ago…

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    Dinner with akiva and dannel at nuevo portal in carroll gardens. Ate a pile of chicken stew and rice and beans and maduros, good times. I do miss…

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