Ben Parrell gives the second Language Sciences colloquium talk of the semester.
Event Date: Thursday, March 7th @ 4:00pm
Event Location: Van Hise Hall, Room 386
From language to action: Mechanisms of speech motor control
University of Wisconsin – Madison
How do we produce the tightly controlled movements of speech? I will present a new model of speech motor control (FACTS, of Feedback Aware Control of Tasks in Speech) that suggests we can understand speech production as a hierarchical state feedback control system, with parallels to movement control in other motor domains. I will show how the model can replicate many important characteristics of human speech motor control, as well as some novel hypotheses made by the model.