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Network science: contributions to the analysis of typical/atypical language development (part 2)

Wednesday 27 November 2019
This is part of a 2-day seminar on the 26th and 27th of November.
Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden


Complexity is a feature of complex systems. It has always been said that language “is complex”. But, how? How can we measure language complexity with formal, numeric indicators? In this seminar we will see that, indeed, language exhibits complexity, and it can be measured by means of complex networks.Complex networks have been applied to language development in order to detect the pattern children follow while developing their ability to combine words syntactically. We’ll see that there exists a human pattern for the development of this capacity, and what happens when a biologically driven factor intervenes in the normal course of development (e.g., Down syndrome, SLI, Hearing Impairment, Williams syndrome, Exposition to drugs).

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