Paper: Linguistics in Computational Linguistics: Observations and Predictions

ACL ID W09-0105
Title Linguistics in Computational Linguistics: Observations and Predictions
Venue Proceedings of the EACL 2009 Workshop on the Interaction between Linguistics and Computational Linguistics: Virtuous Vicious or Vacuous?
Year 2009
  • Hans Uszkoreit (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Saarbrucken Germany)

As my title suggests, this position paper focuses on the relevance of linguistics in NLP instead of asking the inverse question. Although the ques- tion about the role of computational linguistics in the study of language may theoretically be much more interesting than the selected topic, I feel that my choice is more appropriate for the purpose and context of this workshop. This position paper starts with some retrospec- tive observations clarifying my view on the am- bivalent and multi-facetted relationship between linguistics and computational linguistics as it has evolved from both applied and theoretical research on language processing. In four brief points I will then strongly advocate a strength- ened relationship from which both sides benefit. First, I will observe t...