Tesar to lead a series of workshops on programming for linguistics research

Bruce Tesar will be leading a series of workshops this semester, under the auspices of the Rutgers Optimality Reading Group (RORG). Several sessions are planned; the first meeting was on Friday, Jan. 23. The programming language Ruby is being used throughout the sessions. The topics to be covered will depend in part on what the attendees express interest in. The Jan. 23 session started with some basics of Ruby, and progressed towards constructing a simple GEN-like routine for generating strings of syllables. Future sessions could include other tasks of linguistic interest, such as the generation of syntactic candidate spaces, aspects of OT Workplace, and the construction of selected learning algorithms. The sessions are intended to be quite informal and interactive. No prior preparation is required, but those who are interested in bringing their own computers to test things out during the sessions are encouraged to do so. For more information on the workshops, contact Bruce Tesar.

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