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.
Tags: linguistics

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    More things to add to the "chord progressions that aren't cliches-I-already-know-about nonetheless covertly appearing in multiple places" file.…

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    Consider the chord motion in Lights's "Cactus In The Valley" that happens around 49s in: v link goes here | F G C C | F G C C | F G Am D7 | F G…

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    Cute little synth widget playground: https://blokdust.com/

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