Computational Linguistics and Digital Humanities

Within the past 10 years, developments in information technology have led to ever new revolutions in all fields of everyday life – and they will not lose any of their influence in the future. Of course, this ‘digital revolution’ does not leave established academic life untouched either. Thus, the department of Computational Linguistics and Digital Humanities marks the interface between traditional studies in the Humanities and Computer Sciences at the University of Trier.

The department consists of two sections:

Computational Linguistics focus on technical questions such as man-machine-communication, computer-based learning, and information retrieval. A particular focal point of computational linguistics in Trier is the focus on quantitative methods in the analysis of language. Students may choose to study Computational Linguistics either on Bachelor’s level (BA major or minor) or in their Master’s level studies (MA core, major, or minor).

The Digital Humanities extensively incorporate data from Cultural Sciences and the Humanities into their work. One major focus lies on the question how cultural artefacts (such as books, images, sculptures) can be digitized suitably. Based on these data, new methods for textual indexing, analysis, and interpretation are developed. A new Master’s degree programme Digital Humanities (MSc) has been on offer since winter term 2014/15.