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IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor: Bill Idsardi

5 May 2015

Professor Bill Idsardi, from the University of Maryland, will be visiting the School as part of the Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorship scheme.

Bill Idsardi is Professor and Head of Linguistics and Professor of Neuroscience and Cognitive Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. His recent research focuses on finding the fundamental units and processes that support human speech and facilitate interface with other cognitive systems, i.e. articulatory motor system, auditory perceptual system and memory. He is a leading figure in the fields of computational phonology and the cognitive neuroscience of speech perception with publications in top journals such as Science, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society and Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences. 

Recent research by  Professor Idsardi used magneto-encephalography (MEG) to record early brain responses has discovered a cortical “map” for Turkish vowels and evidence for dialect extraction. In other work, he and his collaborators have enumerated some fundamental computational differences between words and sentences and developed a Bayesian, multi-level model of vowel learning.


Further information

Bill Idsardi will be visiting the School between the 1st and 12th June. For further information about Bill Idsardi's visit please contact Nina Kazanina (

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