Ask A Computational Linguist: Do “talking” birds have a catalogue of phonemes that they can and can’t (or do and don’t) say?
Yesterday: erase the board over and over until I THINK I have it right. Today: hope like hell that if I have it wrong, someone catches it…
It has been a real satisfaction to see the flow of sometimes quite good papers about how our field can be brought to bear against the current global plague.
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.