What computational linguists actually do all day: The read-between-the-lines edition

Watch a movie like Arrival and you’ll get the impression that linguists spend their professional lives sitting around speculating about Sanskrit etymologies and the nature of the relationship between language and reality.  I’m not saying that we never do such things, but, no: that’s not what we do with our typical workdays.  I’m a computational … Continue reading “What computational linguists actually do all day: The read-between-the-lines edition”

Computational linguistics and the covid-19 coronavirus

I know, I know–you think that computational linguists spend their time sitting around discussing morphological typology and its implications for the monogenetic versus polygenetic hypotheses of the origin of language. And we do–after work, over beers. For most of us, though, our professional life consists of trying to get computers to do things that involve … Continue reading “Computational linguistics and the covid-19 coronavirus”