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August 13, 2020
https://weizmann.zoom.us/j/91375150249?pwd=WVFDb09IR25rVWFPcGhpUG9uYTNJdz09
Physical Aspects of Language: Memory, Correlations and Structure in Text and Conversation
Elisha Moses
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Physical Aspects of Language: Memory, Correlations and Structure in Text and Conversation
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Lecturer:
Elisha Moses
Date:
August 13, 2020
Time:
11:15:00 - 12:30:00
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https://weizmann.zoom.us/j/91375150249?pwd=WVFDb09IR25rVWFPcGhpUG9uYTNJdz09
Abstract:
The conversion of ideas and thoughts into a linear train of words that represents them constitutes a channel of communication that we call language. The capacity for language is a relatively recent evolutionary development in humans, and according to the theory of language established by Chomsky, humans are born with a universal “internal grammar” that enables verbal communication. Although this idea is still controversial, it has support from genetic research: Certain mutations in a gene called FOXP2 significantly impair the ability for grammar. As a natural phenomenon stemming from genes and the brain, language should thus be amenable to the tools of analysis that physics employs with other natural phenomena. We present three studies on the role of memory and correlations in language. In the first, we investigate the correlation network of words in written texts to identify a hierarchy structures that harnesses memory to bind topics of interest (‘concepts’). In the second study, we see how concepts are established by the existence of loops in a network of words linked by their definitions in a dictionary. Finally, we discuss recent work on how the music, or prosody, adds information to the text. We show that as we convert words into verbal utterances, our short-term memory creates chunks that are then spoken by the vocal chords and muscles. Our approach applies feature-based recognition, which has been extremely successful in image processing, to spoken language. Application to computerized analysis of emphasis in conversation and to the construction of a ‘prosodic dictionary’ will be discussed.

Colloquia

August 27, 2020
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Shahal Ilani
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Shahal Ilani
Date:
August 27, 2020
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11:15:00 - 12:30:00
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Colloquia

September 10, 2020
https://weizmann.zoom.us/j/91375150249?pwd=WVFDb09IR25rVWFPcGhpUG9uYTNJdz09
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Roy Bar-Ziv
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Roy Bar-Ziv
Date:
September 10, 2020
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11:15:00 - 12:30:00
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Seminar

September 10, 2020
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September 10, 2020
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11:15:00 - 12:30:00
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Colloquia

September 24, 2020
https://weizmann.zoom.us/j/91375150249?pwd=WVFDb09IR25rVWFPcGhpUG9uYTNJdz09
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Erez Berg
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Lecturer:
Erez Berg
Date:
September 24, 2020
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11:15:00 - 12:30:00
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Seminar

October 08, 2020
https://weizmann.zoom.us/j/91375150249?pwd=WVFDb09IR25rVWFPcGhpUG9uYTNJdz09
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Ulf Leonhardt
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Lecturer:
Ulf Leonhardt
Date:
October 08, 2020
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11:15:00 - 12:30:00
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Colloquia

October 22, 2020
https://weizmann.zoom.us/j/91375150249?pwd=WVFDb09IR25rVWFPcGhpUG9uYTNJdz09
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Kfir Blum
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Lecturer:
Kfir Blum
Date:
October 22, 2020
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11:15:00 - 12:30:00
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Colloquia

November 05, 2020
https://weizmann.zoom.us/j/91375150249?pwd=WVFDb09IR25rVWFPcGhpUG9uYTNJdz09
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Efi Efrati
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Lecturer:
Efi Efrati
Date:
November 05, 2020
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11:15:00 - 12:30:00
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Colloquia

November 19, 2020
https://weizmann.zoom.us/j/91375150249?pwd=WVFDb09IR25rVWFPcGhpUG9uYTNJdz09
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Ofer Firstenberg
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Lecturer:
Ofer Firstenberg
Date:
November 19, 2020
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11:15:00 - 12:30:00
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Colloquia

December 03, 2020
https://weizmann.zoom.us/j/91375150249?pwd=WVFDb09IR25rVWFPcGhpUG9uYTNJdz09
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Ady Stern

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Ady Stern
Date:
December 03, 2020
Time:
11:15:00 - 12:30:00
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https://weizmann.zoom.us/j/91375150249?pwd=WVFDb09IR25rVWFPcGhpUG9uYTNJdz09
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