A beautiful child of linguistics and computer science, computational linguistics studies the ways and the extent to which machines can “understand” and handle language.
From virtual assistants to search engines to, well, machine translation, computational linguistics has permeated our everyday communication with machines and, increasingly, each other.
Here are some questions on our list to discuss:
- How do machines “understand” language?
- How can they handle ellipses, anaphoras, and other
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- Is non-verbal communication a “computable” language, too?
- Can machines come up with their own language?
We translators are usually ambivalent towards the progress computational linguistics has made over the last years. On the one hand, it makes our work, well, handier. On the other hand, we all saw The Terminator.
Head of Community, Smartcat