Paul Smolensky is Professor in the Cognitive Science Department at Johns Hopkins University and is the recipient of the 2005 David E. Rumelhart Prize for Contributions to the Formal Analysis of Cognition. His research interests include grammatical theory and neural networks and Optimality Theory: phonology, syntax, learnability, and computation. He received his A.B. summa cum laude in Physics from Harvard University in 1976 and his Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics from Indiana University in 1981. Some recent publications include (with Géraldine Legendre) The Harmonic Mind: From Neural Computation to Optimality-Theoretic Grammar (MIT Press); (with Alan Prince) Optimality Theory: Constraint Interaction in Generative Grammar (Blackwell); and (with Bruce B. Tesar) Learnability in Optimality Theory (MIT Press).
Explaining Phonological Universals | LSA.108
with Janet Pierrehumbert
Three Week Course | First Session