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Generating expectations and meanings in language comprehension and production

Fri, 2013-04-12 15:30 - 16:30
Education Building : Room 433, 3700 rue McTavish Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 1Y2

Abstract

We often have expectations about utterances before they are uttered. How we do this, in language production and comprehension alike, has implications for practical concerns and for theoretical questions about language architecture. The ability to generate reliable expectations may be a key enabler of robust language understanding in noisy environments. Understanding the (non-)parallels between the generative mechanisms engaged in comprehension and production is essential for any attempt to close the gap between grammatical 'knowledge' and language use systems.