94009 - Language Technology Seminar

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Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

The goal of this Seminar is to illustrate the main IT tools used to collect and analyze linguistic data, both in academics and in the language industry (cognitive computing, text analytics, computational lexicography, translation, etc.). The activities will focus on the process of building and searching digital linguistic resources such as corpora and databases.

Course contents

The seminar will focus on the process of creating and exploiting digital linguistic resources such as textual (written and oral) corpora and databases. Special attention will be given to methodological aspects in the collection and IT/digital treatment of linguistic data via dedicated softwares.

Readings/Bibliography

Background readings

  • Lenci, A., Montemagni, S., & Pirrelli, V. (2005). Testo e computer. Introduzione alla linguistica computazionale. Roma: Carocci.
  • Tagliamonte, S. A. (2006). Analysing sociolinguistic variation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Teaching methods

The seminar is divided into two parts. The first part consists in classes introducing basic tools and methods. In the second part, the students will be engaged in practical tasks, both in class and in e-learning.

Assessment methods

By the end the Seminar, students will be assigned a practical task, to be delivered 10 days before the exam date.

Teaching tools

PowerPoint presentations and printed handouts will support most of the classes. Some IT tools and digital resources will be illustrated through the web, but other (open source) software will have to be downloaded. The IOL platform will be used for uploading the teaching materials and supporting the e-learning activities.

Office hours

See the website of Francesca Masini