Thursday Thoughts: Diane Lillo-Martin

Jan 28, 2016 at - | IRCS Conference Room



Diane Lillo-Martin (U.Conn) will be the "Thursday Thoughts" speaker on January 28th.

Title: Bimodal Bilingual Language Acquisition and Language Synthesis
Time & Date: 3:30 p.m.--5:00 p.m. 
Place: Large Conference Room, Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, 4th floor, 3401 Walnut Street

An abstract can be found below. The talk will be followed by a reception. you must be over 21 and possess a valid ID to attend the second event.

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Bimodal bilinguals (bibis) combine a sign language and a spoken language in ways like other bilinguals do, but also in ways that are unique. In this presentation I summarize data from a longitudinal project on the development of bimodal bilingualism, focusing on two types of bilingual phenomena: cross-linguistic influence (transfer) and code-blending (simultaneous production of speech and sign). I show that these phenomena and others can be captured in a model of Language Synthesis employing concepts of minimalism and Distributed Morphology.