Miller speaks on language

George Miller, a professor of psychology emeritus at Princeton University, presented a lecture entitled “Ambiguous Words” at 2 p.m. Friday in the Wege Auditorium.

In his lecture, Miller discussed the study of polysemantic language and described the most recently designed technological programs capable of distinguishing between different possible meanings of ambiguous words. He focused on a system called Topical Local Context (TLC).

In addition, he talked about how children developmentally acquire knowledge of syntax, as well as the natural limits on the human capacity for processing and retaining information.

Miller is most famous for his work on “The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two,” originally published in The Psychological Review in 1956. In it he expands upon the issues he raised in his lecture, including the extent to which the human memory can retain information.

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