Computing has had a dramatic impact on the discipline of linguistics and is shaping the way we conceptualize both linguistics and language. Using Computers in Linguistics provides a non-technical introduction to recent developments in linguistic computing and offers specific guidance to the linguist or language professional who wishes to take advantage of them. Divided into eight chapters, each of the expert contributors focus on a different aspect of the interaction of computing and linguistics looking either at computational resources: the Internet, software for fieldwork and teaching linguistics, Unix utilities, or at computational developments: the availability of electronic texts, new methodologies in natural language processing, the development of the CELLAR computing environment for linguistic analysis.
Introduction / John M. Lawler and Helen Aristar Dry -- 1. The nature of linguistic data and the requirements of a computing environment for linguistic research / Gary F. Simons -- 2. The Internet: an introduction / Helen Aristar Dry and Anthony Rodrigues Aristar -- 3. Education / Henry Rogers -- 4. Textual databases / Susan Hockey -- 5. The Unix language family / John M. Lawler -- 6. Software for doing field linguistics / Evan L. Antworth and J. Randolph Valentine -- 7. Language understanding and the emerging alignment of linguistics and natural language processing / James E. Hoard -- 8. Theoretical and computational linguistics: toward a mutual understanding / Samuel Bayer, John Aberdeen and John Burger [et al.].