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What is Language Technology?

Language technology is an interdisciplinary subject and includes the study of language as well as the study of IT. Language technology basically concerns computers and their ability to recognize, understand, interpret, produce and imitate human languages, written and spoken.

Language technology simplilfies and improves computer/man communication and generally supports communication between people. Today, nearly all kinds of information are processed, stored and retrieved by computers and a huge amount of especially written communication is mediated by computers.  Therefore, language technology significantly influences communication in a modern society.

From a cognitive perspective the study of language technology aims at comprehending the framework and ingredients of an effortless man/computer communication, preferably as effortless as man/man communication. Thus, language technology has close relations to the study of cognition, and by improving the computer's communicative skills, we also create a better understanding of natural languages and of our ability to understand the surrounding world.