Professor Bruce Hayes of UCLA presented on constraint-based grammars for Hausa verse and song.
The Hausas of northern Nigeria never recite their poetry but rather sing it. This talk is an attempt to show that tools from modern linguistic theory can help elucidate the process of Hausa verse composition and the rendering of verse in song.
McGurk Effect Susceptibility Fails to Predict Audiovisual Sentence Recognition
In an article recently published in Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, Van Engen, Xie, and Chandrasekaran find that susceptibility to the McGurk Effect fails to predict the ability to use visual cues to understand speech in noise. The finding is especially important because a link between the two has been assumed for some time.