Opportunities for Giving to CU Linguistics

Experimental and Computational Linguistics

Experimental and computational linguistics are changing the way that language data are collected and therefore yielding new insights into how we use and represent linguistic knowledge. The goal of computational linguistics is to get computers to perform useful tasks involving human language, like machine translation of documents or web pages, automatic question answering, or literacy training.  Building these types of systems requires an in-depth understanding of both linguistics and computer science, and relies on empirical analysis of vast amounts of data. Experimental linguistics uses experimental tasks to find out what the properties of human language are, how these properties change in different circumstances, and what kinds of things people know (both consciously and unconsciously) about the sounds and structures of language.  We can use these results to develop and test linguistic theories and apply them to practical tasks in speech and language technology.  Experimental work in CU Linguistics department focuses on language sounds and language acquisition. Donations to this area will enable us to purchase new equipment for data storage, recording and acoustic analysis and to compensate experimental subjects.

 

 

   
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