AGL Workshop

Artificial Grammar Learning: Implications of domain, modality and species differences
An Evolang 2018 satellite workshop, 16 April 2018

Elisabetta Versace1, Michelle Spierings2
1 Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento (Italy); 2 Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna (Austria)

Detecting regularities in the world allows individuals to make sense of the countless inputs they are exposed to, and to generalize to new contexts and stimuli. This poses interesting parallels between the processing of linguistic and non-linguistic stimuli. The Artificial Grammar Learning approach has spiked research in this area on a wide range of abilities, developmental stages and species from acoustic modality in neonates and songbirds to visual pattern generalization in domestic chicks. In this workshop, we will discuss the recent developments and advancements in the field of Artificial Grammar Learning and its implication for the study of language. By bringing together researchers from different disciplines, we will host an interactive, interdisciplinary workshop that will pave the way not only for fruitful discussion but also for future collaborations and renewing work on the learning abilities across the animal kingdom and developmental stages.