IJCNLP 2013: The 6th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing

The International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (IJCNLP) was initiated in 2004 by The Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing (AFNLP) Associations with the major goal to provide a platform for researchers and professionals from around the world to share their experiences related to natural language processing and computational linguistics. In the past years, IJCNLPs were held in 5 different places: Hainan Island (2004), Jeju Island (2005), Hyderabad (2008), Singapore (2009), and Chiang Mai (2011).


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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