Talk: A Computational Approach to the Study of Japanese (01/25/13 )

A Computational Approach to the Study of Japanese
Atsushi Fukada, Purdue University
Friday, January 25, 2013 – 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Simpson Center, CMU 226

How accurate are Japanese grammar books and other descriptions of
Japanese? Traditionally, scholars have relied on their own intuitions
in describing various aspects of Japanese, notably grammar. However,
one persons experience with Japanese, even a native speakers, is quite
limited. Furthermore, opinions and views based on that limited
experience tend to be subjective and biased. To complement the
traditional method, a corpus-based, computational approach has gained
popularity in recent years. In this method, a massive collection of
Japanese written texts (written language corpora) and of
transcriptions of spoken language samples (spoken language corpora) is
analyzed computationally, with features of interest examined in
context, extracted, and quantified. This lecture will conduct a broad
survey of the approach through demonstrations of software tools and a
review of recent findings obtained through the approach, showing how
these findings help us toward a more accurate understanding of the
Japanese language.

Atsushi FukadaAtsushi Fukada is Associate Professor of Japanese and Linguistics and
the Director of the Center for Technology-Enhanced Language Learning
in the School of Languages and Cultures at Purdue University. His
research areas include foreign language pedagogy, Japanese
linguistics, computational linguistics, and CALL (Computer-Assisted
Language Learning).

Sponsored by UW Japan Studies Program

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