Symposium in Memory of Jeff Elman: Language Learning, Prediction, and Temporal Dynamics
- Jay McClelland, Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States
- Ken McRae, Psychology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
AbstractJeffrey Locke Elman (1948-2018) devoted his career to studying human language. He investigated how people use language flexibly and productively, and how these abilities are learned from linguistic and other input. Jeff was a faculty member at the University of California, San Diego from 1977 until he passed away in 2018. His early research focused on phonetics and phonology. This work began his theoretical journey that resulted in the ideas for which he is best known: seemingly discrete combinatorial units of language, such as phonemes, may best be understood as emergent properties of underlying continuous multidimensional representations, such as phonetic input.
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