Computational linguistics is an interdisciplinary field that addresses the use of computers to process or produce human language. Linguistics contributes to this field an understanding of the special properties of language data, and also provides theories and descriptions of language structure and use. Computational linguistics is largely an applied discipline concerned with practical problems. Typical applications include natural language processing, machine translation (translating from one language to another), speech synthesis, speech production, information retrieval (finding relevant documents or parts of documents in large collections of texts) cognitive modeling, and, in general, almost anything dealing with natural language interfaces.
The minor consists of a minimum of 15 credit hours of course work, including the following:
1. LING-L545 and LING-L645
2. one of LING-L503, LING-L541, LING-L542, and LING-L543
3. two specialization courses taken from among the following:
CSCI-B651 (Computer Science)
COGS-Q520 (Cognitive Science)
SPHS-S522 (Speech and Hearing Sciences)
and seminar courses such as PSY-P657 (Psychology) and LING-L700 (Linguistics)
or other courses approved by the minor advisor. A grade point average of 3.0 (B) or higher must be achieved in these courses.