The aim of the book is to provide an overview of the interconnection of linguistics and artificial intelligence (AI). By the late 1950s, researchers seriously considered tools to teach machines to comprehend human language. Thus, engineers in the computing sciences started working together with linguists. Today, trillions of words from different sources can be collated and used for computer-based calculations. This allows for a better-informed (because fully empirical) vision of language. As a result, it can be seen that linguistic knowledge underpins the ability of a computational device to process human language. Conversely, such electronic devices are getting closer to creating a mirror image of how language is processed, thus providing support for theories of the underlying structure of language.


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  1. 1.Department of English Language and CultureUniversity of Eastern FinlandJoensuuFinland

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