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Gasper Begus

Assistant Professor

University of Washington


Research Themes: 

Evolving Language in an Information Economy, The Communicating Mind and Body

Gasper Begus is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Washington, where he also directs the UW Phonology Lab.

His research combines computational models of phonetics and phonology, experimental fieldwork, and statistical modeling of language change. His research addresses questions such as: how to use neural networks to model human speech production and perception? What do the networks learn and how is their learning similar and different from phonological learning? What aspects of phonology result from cognitive biases and what aspects are emergent from transmission of language in space and time?

Research interests: Computational Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Machine Learning, Phonetics, Phonology, Speech, Speech Perception