**Author:** Matilde Marcolli

**Institution:** Mathematics Department, Caltech. Pasadena, USA

**Website:** http://www.its.caltech.edu/~matilde/

**Video:** http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVpYp2NvBh4

**Slides:** https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0QKxsVtOaTiVmZ1Z2k4UE1vY2c

**Presentation:** https://www.see.asso.fr/node/14257

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**Abstract:**

I will show how techniques from geometry (algebraic geometry and topology) and physics (statistical physics) can be applied to Linguistics, in order to provide a computational approach to questions of syntactic structure and language evolution, within the context of Chomsky's Principles and Parameters framework.

**References:**

- N. Chomsky, Lectures on Government and Binding, Foris, Dordrecht, 1981.
- H. Edelsbrunner, J.L. Harer, Computational Topology: An Introduction, American Mathematical Society, 2010.
- M. Drton, B. Sturmfels, S. Sullivant, Lectures on Algebraic Statistics, Birkhauser, 2009
- K. H. Fischer, J. A. Hertz, Spin Glasses, Cambridge University Press, 1993.

**Bio:**

- Laurea in Physics, University of Milano, 1993
- Master of Science, Mathematics, University of Chicago, 1994
- PhD, Mathematics, University of Chicago, 1997
- Moore Instructor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997-2000
- Associate Professor (C3), Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, 2000-2008
- Professor, California Institute of Technology, 2008-present
- Distinguished Visiting Research Chair, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, 2013-present