I’m a Ph.D scholar interested in the computational nature and biological implementation of the Language Faculty in the sapien brain. Academically, I am interested in a whole range of related things, but at their center are the issues that Noam Chomsky raises in Things No Amount of Learning Can Teach!
To be slightly more specific, I am interested in the informational complexity of phonology – how much and what kind of information does human phonology work with? In conjunction, I am also interested in the related issue of how much of this information can be learned from the physical properties of speech signals. Whatever cannot be learned, must be hardwired in our brains a priori. Currently, I am particularly devoted to (1) the framework of Substance-Free Phonology + Cognitive Phonetics, and (2) exploring possible ways to apply Wolfram’s Cellular Automaton approach to this model of phonology.
I also talk about political economy, Anarcho-Syndicalism and the Free Software Movement (without defending gnu-30-badgeRMS’ tone-deaf ramblings on social justice issues) from time to time. I have been using GNU/Linux since 2003, in various forms. My current setup is Pop O.S., although I have used various flavors of Arch, and Slackware too, over the years.
In all matters, social, political and/or scientific, I am rather unapologetic in being an ironclad Chomskyan.
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