Special Issue "Information-Theoretic Approaches to Explaining Linguistic Structure"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2021).
Interests: laboratory phonology; information theory; corpus phonology; signed languages
Interests: phonology; functional pressures on language; information theory and language
Information theory is a highly generic and powerful mathematical framework for analyzing communication systems. In recent years, there has been renewed interest in using this framework to understand linguistic structures. This is in part because language is a communication system that enables effective communication, subject to cognitive, physical, and social constraints, on how we encode, transmit, receive, decode, and store linguistic content. Information theory provides ways not only to formalize these constraints, but also ways to study how they affect the structure of the resulting communication systems. Information theory thus provides a bridge between linguistic function and linguistic form.
In this Special Issue, we invite contributions applying information theory to explain why and how particular linguistic phenomena arise at all levels of linguistic analysis, such as phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, as well as cross-cutting areas such as sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, acquisition, and language processing.
We hope this collection of papers will serve to create a theoretical common ground both within linguistics, and between linguistics and other fields that use information-theoretic principles as explanatory tools.
Dr. Kathleen Currie Hall
Dr. Uriel Cohen Priva
Dr. Richard Futrell
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- information theory
- linguistic structure
- linguistic explanation
- historical linguistics
- language processing
- language acquisition