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Because of the growing  availability of large amounts of natural language data in electronic format (in the form of corpora and the Web),  computational methods are playing an increasing  role in linguistic research, while, at the same time,  Natural Language Engineering (NLE) techniques  are becoming more widespread in areas such as data mining or web search. As the problems tackled in the scientific study of language and by developers of Natural Language Engineering applications are often the same, the interaction between researchers using computational methods to study language and researchers interested in NLE applications is likely to be beneficial to both. The University of Essex has a long tradition of research in the area of Language and Computation (which has a variety of names, including computational linguistics, or natural language processing), starting with work on Machine Translation and Parsing in the 1980s, as well as work  on formal  semantics (e.g., Property Theory). The  Language and Computation group is an interdisciplinary group created to foster such interaction between researchers within the University, and includes staff and students from the Department of Languages and Linguistics, the Data Archive and the Language, Logic and Information group in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering.  

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9th Language and Computation Day 2010, 8th October

8th Language and Computation Day 2009, 8th October