Research in the Digital Era

In recent years, computational linguistics has gained significance due to the increased prevalence of the internet. Whilst the field originally focused on task evolving around the technology behind automated translation, today automated text recognition plays an important role in most areas of everyday life and work.

The digital humanities, too, focus on the automated analysis of texts, yet data are processed in a more humanistic framework and in connection to other, non-textual subjects. Their core tasks include digitising and openly publishing artefacts of human cultural tradition, enabling their indexing, presentation, and long-term preservation. An important question developing across the field is whether or not and in how far digitisation changes academic working.


The study programmes Computational Linguistics and Digital Humanities are targeted at students interested in questions form the fields of Technology, Linguistics as well as Literary Studies.

The set-up of the Trier programmes offers manifold possibilities to combine current research questions with individual fields of interest, allowing for an individual focus within the studies. Another distinct characteristic is the ideal supervisory scheme, allowing for individual supervision as well as the ability to intensify work in small groups.

Both programmes provide and convey knowledge in the humanities, linguistics, and technologies and aim at developing practical skills accordingly. Graduates are thus prepared for manifold opportunities in their careers both in academic research and free economy.

Candidates may choose between the following programmes::

  • BA Computational Linguistics (major or minor)
  • MA Computational Linguistics (core, major or minor)
  • MSc Digital Humanities (core)


Computational Linguistics works on statistical methods in linguistic research and automated language processing. A major focus lies on quantitative linguistics and system theory in linguistics. The department also publishes the international Journal of Quantitative Linguistics.<o:p></o:p>

In the field of Digital Humanities, the department’s work is closely connected to that of the Trier Center for Digital Humanities, a centre established in 1998 and actively present in more than 100 national and international projects. A major focus lies on the indexing and connection of textual and non-textual data and subjects in the humanities.