The automated processing of linguistic data (as text documents) is becoming indispensable in a time of ever-increasing masses of data and information and textually documented knowledge in archives, data bases, electronic media and the Internet as such. Tasks deriving from these developments are, on the one hand, related to the usage of data bases and user interfaces and the (repeated) retrieval of information (e.g. data or text mining, search engines). On the other hand, tasks evolve around the work ‘behind the visual’, e.g. the collation, preparation, annotation, structuring, and saving of data via institutions of all kinds. These tasks are impossible to solve without the help of computers.
Similar to the development of machines supporting or fully replacing humans in working processes, with the help of Computer Sciences and Computational Linguistics the computer has become a machine able to carry out humanly impossible tasks in the fields of information processing and communication.
For high school graduates interested in these fields, the department for Computational Linguistics and Digital Humanities offers BA degree programmes at the University of Trier. Bachelor’s degree holders are given the possibility to continue their studies in both MA and MSc degree programmes in both Computational Linguistics and Digital Humanities, the latter addressing students in both the Humanities and Computer Sciences. Since the contents and fields within these study programmes, in contrast to e.g. Biology or German Studies, are not likely to have been dealt with at school, the following pages aim at providing information on foci and questions in both Computational Linguistics and Digital Humanities, introducing the study programmes provided at the University of Trier. Further information on current research questions, topics, debates, and project in the Digital Humanities can also be found in the Virtual Museum Digital Humanities (German).