ACL Video Archive

The ACL Video Archive is a pilot program with the aims of making teaching materials freely available to facilitate scientific communication, and to document history and progress in our field. The initiative has been started in June 2007 at the ACL's 45th Annual Meeting in Prague, with the technical infrastructure currently being built up by volunteers. The archive is available at http://www.aclweb.org/videoarchive.

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What is computational linguistics?

Computational linguistics is the scientific study of language from a computational perspective. Computational linguists are interested in providing computational models of various kinds of linguistic phenomena. These models may be "knowledge-based" ("hand-crafted") or "data-driven" ("statistical" or "empirical"). Work in computational linguistics is in some cases motivated from a scientific perspective in that one is trying to provide a computational explanation for a particular linguistic or psycholinguistic phenomenon; and in other cases the motivation may be more purely technological in that one wants to provide a working component of a speech or natural language system. Indeed, the work of computational linguists is incorporated into many working systems today, including speech recognition systems, text-to-speech synthesizers, automated voice response systems, web search engines, text editors, language instruction materials, to name just a few.

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