The Department of Language Science and Technology was established in 2016, bringing together the  former departments of "Computational Linguistics and Phonetics" and "Applied Linguistics, Translation and Interpreting".

Our research and teaching span many areas of language science and technology, including computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, speech science and technology, language technology, corpus linguistics, and translation science and technology.

The department has a long tradition of joint research and teaching with Computer Science, Cognitive Psychology, and the Philologies at Saarland University and collaborates with many other institutions both nationally and internationally.


Welcome to Assoc. Prof. Dr Aida Kasieva (Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University)

Assoc. Prof. Dr Aida Kasieva teaches Translation at Manas University in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. During her stay (15 Dec - 11 Mar) she plans to research Translation Quality Assessment and Register Analysis of the Pragmatic Aspects of Kyrgyz and German Lit-erature into English. As a concrete and sustainable output of her stay Kyrgyz data will be hosted at our certified CLARIN-D centre. Her stay is supported by the DAAD.


Welcome to Dr Tanja Säily (University of Helsinki)

We are pleased to welcome our guest researcher from Finland! Dr Tanja Säily from the Department of Languages at the University of Helsinki is visiting our department and the Saarbrücken SFB 1102 for 2 months (February-March 2019) in order to work with us on common research interests in the field of historical corpus linguistics. Dr Tanja Säily is part of the Helsinki Computational History Group (COMHIS). In addition, she is a member of two Academy of Finland funded research projects that focus on language change. She is also developing corpus-linguistic tools and methods for historical sociolinguistics in the STRATAS project and was actively involved in the compilation of the Corpora of Early English Correspondence.


Application for LST intake open!

Application for LST intake 2019 is now open as well! Application deadline: February 15th, 2019. More information can be found here.


Application for LCT now open!

Application for LCT intake 2018 is open now! Deadlines: for non-Europeans: 15. February 2019. For Europeans: 15. May 2019. See more information here


GSCL thesis award to Annemarie Friedrich

Annemarie Friedrich's PhD dissertation has been selected by the German Society for Computational Linguistics (GSCL) as the best dissertation for the years 2016-2018. The GSCL doctorial thesis award in memory of Wolfgang Hoeppner is granted every two years and marks significant progress to advance language technology and computational linguistics. The thesis, advised by Prof. Manfred Pinkal and titled "States, Events, and Generics: Computational Modeling of Situation Entity Types", will be presented at KONVENS 2018 in Vienna.

The German Research Foundation has accepted Michael Roth to the DFG Emmy Noether Programme, which gives outstanding early career researchers the opportunity to lead an independent junior research group. Michael's research group will use computational methods to investigate linguistic factors behind misunderstandings.


Three new LSV publications

Two papers by the LSV group were accepted to this year's "ACL 2018 Workshop on Deep Learning Approaches for Low Resource Natural Language Processing (DeepLo)". Michael Hedderich and Dietrich Klakow present a method to train a neural network in a low-resource setting by using automatically annotated data and handling the noise in the labels. Clayton Greenberg, Mittul Singh and Dietrich Klakow explore the quality of embeddings of rare words, finding that below a certain number of occurrences, SWORDSS (developed at LSV in 2016) can generate better embeddings than standard word2vec.

A paper by Marc Schulder and Michael Wiegand of the LSV group and their colleague Josef Ruppenhofer from the Institute for German Language, Mannheim, was accepted at 27th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2018). In the paper, the authors present methods for automatically identifying verbs that, like negation, can change the sentiment polarity of a phrase (e.g. "abandon hope" or "alleviate pain"). They expand the previously established mono-lingual methods by introducing cross-lingual methods that use bilingual dictionaries and cross-lingual word embeddings.


2nd Phase of SFB 1102 approved

The collaborative research centre 1102 "Information Density and Linguistic Encoding", funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), has been granted approx. 11 million euros for a four-year extension starting in July 2018. The CRC directed by Elke Teich brings together around 60 scientists from the fields of Linguistics, Psychology and Computer Science to investigate the hypothesis that language variation and language use can be better understood in terms of a speaker's desire to rationally distribute information across the linguistic signal.

Alle Bachelorstudenten und -studentinnen der Fachrichtung sind eingeladen, an einer Online-Befragung teilzunehmen, die dazu beitragen wird, die Qualität von Studium und Lehre zu verbessern.

Im Foyer von Gebäude C7 3 ist ab 19. Oktober die Ausstellung "Schriftsysteme" zu sehen. Die Ausstellung gibt einen Überblick über die Verschriftungssysteme verschiedener Sprachen: Alphabete, Gebärden und Melodie, Geheimschriften und Kunstsprachen. Auch die technischen Aspekte von schriftlicher Sprachkodierung werden behandelt.