Information-theoretic Approaches to Linguistics

July 16–17, 2011, in conjunction with the 2011 LSA Linguistic Institute.


A wide range of research has shown that tools from information theory (e.g. information content/surprisal, entropy) are useful tools in addressing questions of linguistic interest. These range from predicting the targets and outcomes of phonological and syntactic processes, to explaining the cognitive bases for these processes, to evaluating models of linguistic data.

A two-day workshop will bring together a number of researchers working on information-theoretic approaches to linguistics in an effort to share knowledge, tools, insights, and specific research findings. There will also be a tutorial on information theory for those not familiar with the approach. The tutorial will be followed by invited talks and a poster session.

Co-sponsored by The National Science Foundation and The Ohio State University.


The workshop's main session will be held in room E0046 of Muenzinger. The poster session and lunches will be in the nearby University Memorial Center, room 382.

View the program (pdf).


Invited Speakers

Poster Presentations

Registration Information:

There is no registration fee for the workshop but we would appreciate having people register in advance in order to help with planning. Please do so by emailing with your name and affiliation.

Contact and Links:

For more information, contact the organizers (Kathleen Currie Hall, Beth Hume, Rory Turnbull) at

Potentially of interest to our participants is the workshop Testing Models of Phonetics and Phonology, being held on Wednesday July 13 in Boulder, CO.