October 4th, 2004


Reading list (back in school)

Reading updates for this week (now that classes have begun):

For Experimental Phonetics:
Acoustic and Auditory Phonetics, by Keith Johnson. So far, pretty easy summary of speech (audio) as sum of simple waves, plus some jargon review for digital signal processing.
I'm also rereading some old papers of mine from spring quarter, because I think I'll make my class project experiment be one that builds on some work I did for the same professor then.

For Computational Morphology:
Finite State Morphology, by Beesley and Karttunen. Also fairly easy so far; it's a review of the basics of transducers and regular expressions. So far it seems like a more-than-you-wanted-to-know user's manual for the xfst tool kit. Oh, and there's an embarrassing typo hidden on the cover ("Computational Linguisitics" [sic]).
An article "Principles of Semitic Word-Structure"; fairly challenging because it dives in assuming you know what's going on. It's also a fairly old-skool philology review, so it assumes you know or can gloss German, and tends to give unglossed examples in Arabic and Akkadian (!). But I think I've figured out what's going on.