New Master's programme will teach programming to humanities students

In 2017, TSU will become the third university in Russia where a new interdisciplinary Master’s programme Computer Linguistics will be opened. Graduates of this specialty will know not only methods of text analysis, but also programming, mathematical statistics, and other similar disciplines.

Modern computer linguistics solves the problems associated with the automatic analysis of the natural language: machine translation, information search, voice input, creation of electronic databases, and others.

- On one hand, language is structurally organized, so it can be described with the help of mathematical models, and we can decompose it into elements and set algorithms for automatic processing to the machine. On the other hand, we should understand that such a technology is completely inapplicable to the processing of artistic texts because it is a world of subtle meanings and shades, - says Zoya Rezanova, the programme manager, Professor at the Faculty of Philology. - With our Master's programme, we will focus on areas of the language that can be formalized.

The programme will be interdisciplinary: documents for admission will be available to both humanities scholars and technicians. The first will additionally learn the basics of programming, mathematical statistics and modeling, the second will study the theory of language and methods of text analysis.

The programme is oriented toward practice. Students will implement their own project or become part of a project team. One of the examples of such work is the creation of databases and electronic dictionaries within the TSU grant for the study of the languages of Southern Siberia.

Enrollment for the new Master's programme starts on April 3. Prospective students will pass an interview and submit a profile examination in linguistics.

At TSU, Computer Linguistics is taking place within the framework of the StrAU Institute of the Human of the Digital Era (IHDE).