John Nerbonne inducted into the KNAW

In September 2005, John Nerbonne, former ACL President, was honored through his induction into the Royal Netherlands Academy of Science (KNAW).

The Academy has a maximum of 200 regular members under the age of 65. Beside regular members the Academy has resting members (regular members above the age of 65), foreign members and correspondents. Those eligible for membership are active scientists with an excellent scientific record. Members are appointed for life by the Divisions.

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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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