Computational pragmatics

Kristiina JokinenKoenraad De Smedt
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The study of language by means of computers has become fairly mainstream since the turn of the millenium. On the one hand, very large amounts of language data have become available which can be analyzed in various ways, ranging from simple word searches to parsing and statistical modeling as well as signal processing and video analysis. On the other hand, the increasing demand for natural language applications such as machine translation and speech interfaces is pushing development towards steady increases in quality and usefulness. Technical advances in building interactive systems have brought forward the need for studying language not only as a means of conveying simple commands and propositions, but also for expressing affections, controlling the interaction, and creating a shared understanding and social bonds among the interlocutors.

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