For starters: how about if we fight to get the files open?
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”
I know, I know–computational linguistics seems like the most glamorous job in the world, right?
I know, I know: computational linguistics sounds like the world’s most glamorous profession, right?
In practice, we spend most of our time trying to figure out where we went wrong in writing some computer program or another.
We already knew that the patient had the primary, secondary, and tertiary stages of syphilis.
Scroll down past the picture of the mean-looking warthog.
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”
You’re an undergraduate, and you want to become a computational linguist? Here’s how to do it.