Computational Linguistics
(6,798 words)

1. Introduction

A general, but operational and even corpus-based, definition of ‘linguistics’ is: “the study of the way in which language works” (Collins 1997:972–II). Here, the scope of ‘language’ will be narrowed down to ‘Arabic’. Arabic ‘linguistics’, then, is “the study of the way in which Arabic works”. Adding the pre- modifier ‘ computational’, Arabic computational linguistics presupposes two alternatives: (a) the study of the way in which Arabic works, w…

Cite this page
Everhard Ditters, “Computational Linguistics”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 19 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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