COLING 2012, the 24th International Conference on Computational Linguistics

COLING 2012, the 24th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, will be organized by IIT Bombay at Mumbai, India in December, 2012 under the auspices of the Natural Language Processing Society of India. We look forward to welcoming you to Mumbai, the financial, cultural and technological capital of India.

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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.

Popular computational linguistics textbooks include: