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LDA-3103 Linguistics in the Digital Age, 10 cr 
Code LDA-3103  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name Linguistics in the Digital Age  Abbreviation Linguistics in 
Scope10 cr   
TypeAdvanced studies
  GradingGeneral scale 
    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Master’s programme Linguistic Diversity in the Digital Age 

Jörg Tiedemann 

Target group 

This is a compulsory course for MA Programme Linguistic Diversity in the Digital Age. More specifically to the module Foundations of Linguistic Diversity in the Digital Age  (LDA-3100).

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.



Students are advised to take this course in semester 1. The course is offered every year in the fall term, periods I and II

Learning outcomes 

After successfully completing the course, students will be able to:

  • explain methods to encode text and speech
  • describe distributional properties of natural languages
  • explain structural properties of languages and their connection to formal language models
  • describe models for disambiguation and for representing linguistic information
  • apply basic digital methods in linguistic research with a focus on multilingual and cross-lingual research questions
Completion methods 
  • contact teaching (lectures and seminars)
  • self-studies and group projects
  • examination: written exam or term paper (part I), project report and seminar presentation (part II)


Recommended optional studies 
  • Introduction to linguistics and phonetics (BA)
  • Introduction to computational linguistics (BA)
  • Mathematics for linguists (BA)
  • Statistics for linguists (BA)

Useful for part II are also

  • Programming for linguists (BA)
  • Machine learning for linguists (BA)

The course

  • provides an overview of computational models of human languages and communication
  • introduces methods for processing text and speech
  • discusses practical linguistic tools and end-user applications

Part I: Modelling human languages and communication (theoretical part)

Part II: Digital methods in linguistic research (study groups and project work)

Study materials and literature 
  • Jurafsky and Martin: Speech and Language Processing

Additional literature and teaching material will be chosen in connection with specific teaching events.

Activities and teaching methods in support of learning 

Part I:

  • lectures
  • interactive sessions (for example seminars or flipped classroom teaching)

Part II:

  • problem-based collaborative project work
  • workshops or seminars

Activity documentation via Moodle

Assessment practices and criteria 
  • Written exam and/or term-paper with peer-review (part I)
  • Oral presentation and/or project report (part II)
  • Standard grading scale (0-5)

Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has ended Linguistics in the Digital Age  Course  10  Yves Scherrer 
04.09.19 -16.10.19 wed 14.15-15.45
09.09.19 -14.10.19 mon 14.15-15.45
28.10.19 -09.12.19 mon 14.15-15.45
30.10.19 -11.12.19 wed 14.15-15.45

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