The Language Technologies (LT) group researches and uses computational approaches to advance different subfields of linguistics. The group’s activities concern:
Creation and collection: citizen science, transcription or crowdsourcing initiatives
Augmentation: corpus annotation
Management: databases, infrastructures and standards
Analysis, visualization and prediction: researching non-standard language varieties, with, for instance, statistical methods, machine learning and neural networks
Application: developing technologies to support research at the Institute
Originally, LT was founded to support other research groups within the Institute with linguistic data management and processing. However, as the number of LT experts at the Institute grew, so did the group’s interest in developing its own research agenda. As a result, LT today actively pursues computational linguistics research related to the creation, curation, adaptation, and long-term preservation of language resources and tools, while continuing to provide expertise and technical support to the research efforts of the entire Institute. In so doing, LT enhances traditional research design and procedures with the latest developments from computational linguistics and Natural Language Processing (NLP), while better understanding and accommodating valuable information on the realities and needs of the linguistic research stakeholders. Its research subjects are in particular focused on non-standard language varieties such as learner language, computer-mediated communication and specialized language.
The mutually beneficial cooperation between the research groups is one of the strengths of the Institute for Applied Linguistics and has led to its international recognition in several areas of applied interdisciplinary research. Ongoing projects focus on resource creation and management, in particular of learner corpora and, computer-mediated communication, language research infrastructures, crowdsourcing for computer-assisted language learning, machine learning for data annotation, visualization of linguistic information, Digital Humanities and digital cultural heritage, citizen science, and, to a limited extent, technologies for terminology research and e-lexicography.
Research Group Projects
Zeit.shift – On a digital journey into yesterday's future: preserving Tyrol's cultural text heritage ...Duration: September 2020 - October 2022
European Network for Combining Language Learning with Crowdsourcing TechniquesDuration: March 2017 - September 2021
Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure for Italy at Eurac ResearchDuration: March 2017 - December 2023
Digital infrastructure for the South Tyrolean ecosystem of language data and servicesDuration: December 2016 - February 2021
Visualization of Linguistic Information (LInfoVis)Duration: December 2008 - December 2017