International Doctoral Program 
Empirical Linguistics and Natural Language Processing
with a Fall School 2002 in Sozopol, Bulgaria
Goals of Program
Fall School

Goals of Program

Corpus linguistics is of increasing importance in computational linguistics and related research areas. Located at the interface of machine-based natural language processing and empirical linguistics (which is concerned with the structure of particular languages), the increasing importance of corpus linguistics is mainly due to its contribution to practical applications in computational linguistics. Currently initiatives in corpus linguistics exist in practically all European countries, and it is particularly worth stressing the significant advances in eastern and middle European countries in this area.

Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, Prof. Dr. Erhard Hinrichs (Seminar für Sprachwissenschaft) and Prof. Dr. Tilman Berger (Slavisches Seminar) are organizing an international doctoral program ''Empirical linguistics and natural language processing'' at the Neuphilologischen Fakultät of the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen. The goal of this program is to bring together a larger group of PhD students from eastern and central European countries who are concerned with questions of computational linguistics and of adjacent disciplines, and to provide intensive support for a small group of PhD students. Due to its subject, the planned project can take advantage of closely related research in the Special Research Program (SFB, Sonderforschungsbereich) 441 ''Linguistic data structures''. Prof. Hinrichs and Prof. Berger are each project leaders in the SFB 441 (A1 and B1 projects). This constellation guarantees intense and appropriate support not only by the organizing professors in Tübingen, but also by the research environment provided by the SFB 441.

The project starts with a 2 week autumn tutorial for PhD students. The majority of students will come from central and eastern Europe, but there will also be participants from western Europe. Building on the tutorial, a small number of PhD students will be invited to come to Tübingen as visitors for 12 months to conduct their doctoral research. The advisors at their home institutions and professors in Tübingen will share the responsibility of advising these visiting PhD students during their stay in Tübingen. Their time in Tübingen is intended to advance their doctoral studies at their home institutions directly. Wherever it seems reasonable and possible, a joint graduation both in Tübingen and at their home institution and a common defense of the dissertation might be planned. Where appropriate, it should also be possible for PhD students from Tübingen to visit institutions that are involved in the visitors program for a few weeks, and to work there.

Fall School 2002 in Sozopol, Bulgaria
Dates: 8th - 22nd September 2002     Sozopol
Location: Sozopol, Bulgaria

Travel to Sozopol

Pictures Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V    
Language of instruction: English    
Organizers: Erhard Hinrichs, Seminar für Sprachwissenschaft, University of Tübingen 
Tilman Berger, Slavisches Seminar, University of Tübingen 
Kiril Ivanov Simov, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia
List of courses: Erhard Hinrichs and Sandra Kübler, Tübingen: Computational Tools for Corpus Linguistics. 
Tilman Berger, Tübingen: Corpus-Based Investigation of Issues in Pragmatics. 
Adam Przepiórkowski, Warsaw: Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar for Slavic. 
Kiril Simov, Sofia: XML-based Corpus Linguistics. 
Vladimír Petkevic, Prague and Karel Oliva, Saarbrücken: Morphological and Syntactic Tagging of Slavonic Languages. 
Anatolij N. Baranov, Moscow: Applications of Text Corpora to Lexicography. 

Course Descriptions
Course Schedule

Registration: The registration is available on the website of the International Center.
Funding: The School is funded by the Volkswagen-Foundation, Germany

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