What is language technology?

Language technology is about how human language is structured and how a computer can be programmed to handle human language.

Language technology is a central area for our language use and the development of languages such as Swedish. Language technology products permeate large parts of society, including speech recognition programs, text to speech readers, online search services, automatic telephone services, and automatic text summarization.

Simpler and better communication

The goal of language technology is to simplify and improve communication between people and between people and computers. This can involve, for example, the use of machine translation and speech technologoy to speak Swedish over the phone with someone who speaks Arabic, the ability to dictate text to the computer instead of using a keyboard, or having your text automatically corrected for grammar and spelling by the computer.

Examples of language technology areas

·       Machine translation

·       Information management

·       Writing tools

·       Electronic language learning

·       Dialogue systems

·       Speech recognition

·       Speech synthesis

·       Text analysis

·       Electronic dictionaries

·       Speech and text corpora

·       Techniques and language resources

Tools and language resources

Language technology consists of both tools and language resources (such as dictionaries and corpora). The tools take the form of software, while the resources are the information that the software utilizes.