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KIK-405 Introduction to Language Technology, 5 cr 
Code KIK-405  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name Introduction to Language Technology  Abbreviation Language Tech 
Scope5 cr   
TypeBasic studies
  GradingGeneral scale 
    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Bachelor's Programme in Languages 

Jörg Tiedemann 

Target group 
  • Bachelor of languages, elective course in the common course block
  • available to students from other degree programmes
  • first year
  • autumn term, period I or II
Learning outcomes 

After completing the course, you will be able to

  • name techniques for encoding language
  • manipulate text and other linguistic data sets
  • summarise the main principles of applications that involve language technology such as tools for spelling correction, grammar checking, language learning, information retrieval, text classification, dialog systems and machine translation
  • use basic command-line tools in a Unix environment
  • carry-out a small empirical study on real-world data.
Completion methods 
  • online course
  • individual reading and online exercises
  • possible contact teaching in the form of lectures, lab sessions and tutorials
  • may include online exams, peer-reviewed tests, quizzes and writing of a term paper.

No specific pre-requisites.

Recommended optional studies 

Introduction to linguistics and phonetics.


The course provides an introduction to practical language technology including

  • Technology for encoding languages
  • Basic text processing tools
  • Spelling correction and grammar checking
  • Computer-aided language learning
  • Information retrieval and text classification
  • Dialog systems and automatic question answering
  • Machine translation

The course also provides information of tools and interfaces that support linguistic research and practical applications including a brief introduction to Unix environments and command-line tools.

Study materials and literature 
  • Markus Dickinson, Chris Brew and Detmar Meurers. Language and computers. Wiley-Blackwell, 2013
  • additional reading and online material.
Activities and teaching methods in support of learning 
  • lectures featuring guest speakers
  • online reading material, videos, quizzes
  • optional lab sessions and tutorials supporting the practical assignments
  • individual project work
  • peer support (discussion forum, F.A.Q.)
  • documentation of activities via Moodle
  • regular course feedback
Assessment practices and criteria 
  • online exercises including weekly quizzes and practical assignments
  • final individual project
  • standard grading scale (0–5).

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