computational linguistics

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Coined by American linguist and computer scientist David Hays in the 1960s.[1]


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computational linguistics (uncountable)

  1. (linguistics, computer science) An interdisciplinary field dealing with the statistical and/or rule-based modeling of natural language from a computational perspective. This modeling is not limited to any particular field of linguistics.
    • 2006, Patrick Blackburn · Johan Bos · Kristina Striegnitz, Learn Prolog Now!, §7.1
      Prolog has been used for many purposes, but its inventor, Alain Colmerauer, was interested in computational linguistics, and this remains a classic application for the language. Moreover, Prolog offers a number of tools which make life easier for computational linguists, and we are now going to start learning about one of the most useful of these: definite clause grammars, or DCGs as they are usually called.



  1. ^ Ruslan Mitkov, editor (2004) The Oxford Handbook of Computational Linguistics, Oxford University Press