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Because of the growing availability of large amounts of natural language data in electronic format (in the form of corpora and the Web), computational methods are playing an increasing role in linguistic research, while, at the same time, Natural Language Engineering (NLE) techniques are becoming more widespread in areas such as data mining or web search.

As the problems tackled in the scientific study of language and by developers of Natural Language Engineering applications are often the same, the interaction between researchers using computational methods to study language and researchers interested in NLE applications is likely to be beneficial to both. The University of Essex has a long tradition of research in the area of Language and Computation (which has a variety of names, including computational linguistics, or natural language processing), starting with work on Machine Translation and Parsing in the 1980s, as well as work on formal semantics (e.g., Property Theory).

The Language and Computation group is an interdisciplinary group created to foster such interaction between researchers within the University, and includes staff and students from the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, the Department of Language and Linguistics, and the UK Data Archive.

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