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Department for Computational linguistics Konstanz


Computational Linguistics is a field which is concerned with analyzing, generating, and modeling natural language automatically. Many of us use Natural Language Processing (NLP) systems without even realizing it. For example, when we type something on the computer we can allow a proof reading program to tell us whether there are any spelling mistakes and whether our text is grammatically correct. NLP is also involved in the work search engines do while looking for relevant websites and documents on the internet. Speech recognition programs are quite useful as well, not to mention translation software.

At the University of Konstanz our department conducts research in as well as teaches computational linguistics.

Project: Tense and Aspect in Multilingual Semantic Construction

Miriam Butt, Sebastian Sulger, Mark-Matthias Zymla

The project is motivated by the fact that the conventional approaches to tense and aspect, both theoretical and computational, are based primarily on the properties of European languages and in some cases on the special characteristics of English. Consideration of a broader range of typologically diverse languages shows that the morphosyntactic encodings of these notions and their semantic interpretations are much more varied, and are not well covered by current theories and implementations. The project will do a systematic study of these and related phenomena, based on the existing computational grammars for a collection of languages that have been developed over the last 20 years by participants in the Pargram project.


Sulger, Sebastian, and Ashwini Vaidya. 2014. Towards identifying Hindi/Urdu noun templates in support of a large-scale LFG grammar. In Proceedings of the COLING 2014 Workshop on South and Southeast Asian NLP. Dublin, Ireland: Association for Computational Linguistics.

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100 years ago nobody would have imagined that it may make sense to talk to machines. Today, in the days of speech recognition and speech synthesis to be found in cars, computers, phones and many other devices this is already normal. But it doesn't stop there.

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