About Computational and Experimental Methods

Computational and experimental methods play a major role in linguistic research at Berkeley, spanning a range of approaches and applications. For example, computational models are used to explore the relation of language and cognition, sociolinguistic dynamics, and linguistic phylogenetics, and computational methods are used to extract meaningful patterns from linguistic corpora. Experiments are used to test hypotheses across many different aspects of language, including phonetics, language processing, and language learning.

Prof. Susan Lin with ultrasound helmet, 2015
Ultrasound helmet demonstration with Susan Lin in the PhonLab, 2015

Clem & MIchael, 2016
Emily Clem & Lev Michael, "Exploring typological diversity and its areal and genealogical basis in South America" (2016), "Principal Component 1: genetic signal"
Cibelli et al. 2016, Figure 1
Emily Cibelli, Yang XuJoseph L. Austerweil, Thomas L. Griffiths, and Terry Regier, "The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis and probabilistic inference: Evidence from the domain of color", PLOS ONE (2016), Figure 1: Model overview.

Gahl et al. 2014, Figure 3
Susanne Gahl et al., "The 'Up' corpus: A corpus of speech samples across adulthood" (2014), Figure 3, "Formant values (F1 and F2) for vowels in monosyllabic content words in one talker"