Introduction to Language and Computers

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeDASP107
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Objectives and Content

The course unit gives an introduction in encoding of text and speech, in electronic language resources (notably corpora), in language processing and in language technology applications.

Subject Overlap

5 ECTS overlap with DASP108.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Interactive lectures with exercises, about 2 hours per week.

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Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Throughout the semester, students are given assignments on a computer. These assignments must be handed in by the student and are assessed by the teacher as approved or not approved.

Semester of Instruction


Level of Study


Access to the Course

Open to all who have been admitted to study at the University of Bergen.

Place of Instruction


Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, students have obtained an adequate overview of ways to process language on a computer so that they can critically assess the possibilities that computational processing offers to the study of language and to language technologies for some practical applications, e.g. translation. Students will be able to encode text and search in text corpora.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

EXFAC00SK or equivalent introduction to linguistics and language studies.

Reading List

About 100 pages primarily consisting of introductory readings in text coding, corpus linguistics and language technology. In order to perform the computer exercises, students get access to digital language resources and tools.

Forms of Assessment

Three-hour written exam. The assignments given as compulsory requirements must be approved by the teacher before the student can take the written exam.

Grading Scale


Course Evaluation

Evaluation of the course will be carried out in accordance with the University of Bergen's quality assessment system.


Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic studies

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