Course Details

Course Name
Digital Methods in Linguistics
Course Type
Master Programme
Institution
Universiteit Utrecht
Department
TCL
Information
https://www.uu.nl/masters/en/linguistics/courses
Curriculum
https://www.uu.nl/masters/en/linguistics/study-programme
Status
record actively maintained
Course Language
English
Start Date
2019-09-05
recurring
ECTS
5
Lecturer
Jan Odijk
PID
Disciplines: Human Language Technologies, Linguistics and Language Studies
Techniques: Concordancing, POS-Tagging, Searching
Objects: Data, Language, Text
Access Requirements
Mastercourses Humanities (200501100); Basic familiarity with computers is required, but no special experience with programming or software is expected.
Description
This course provides an introduction to the use of computers and information technology for research in theoretical linguistics. We will cover some basic techniques and tools, and fundamental concepts and skills. The focus is on managing written data, especially text corpora. While we touch on some methodological issues, the course does not cover experimental design, working with recorded sound, or anything that would be considered "computational linguistics". A substantial component involves writing scripts (simple programs) in the Python programming language. We will learn how to use scripts to manage and analyze texts (“corpus analysis”), carry out searches that go far beyond what you can do with a standard web form, count words and constructions, create randomized experimental stimuli, etc. Students will become familiar with different types of digital language resources, and some of their uses in theoretical or experimental research.
Keywords
Disciplines: Human Language Technologies, Linguistics and Language Studies
Techniques: Concordancing, POS-Tagging, Searching
Objects: Data, Language, Text