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    Hello all! I'm very sorry if this is in the wrong place, first time poster in this particular forum!

    I'm currently in my 3rd year of my undergraduate degree in Linguistics. I'm really enjoying it, but I would really like to work in computing in the future (with, perhaps, some very obvious retraining required along the way).

    Both the Computing Science and Linguistic departments at my University seem to be in the dark about prospective jobs for a linguistic student in the computing field. I asked about Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics, but each department told me to go ask the other!

    I just really wanted to ask, is there any other kind of work involving linguistics and computing? What would be a good way to increase my employability in the field? Should I know any specific languages, or work with a particular program?

    Once again, sorry if this is in the wrong place. I've been passed from parcel to post about this for the past while, and any answer would be fantastic.

    Thanks for reading!
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    (Original post by Sybella)
    Hello all! I'm very sorry if this is in the wrong place, first time poster in this particular forum!

    I'm currently in my 3rd year of my undergraduate degree in Linguistics. I'm really enjoying it, but I would really like to work in computing in the future (with, perhaps, some very obvious retraining required along the way).

    Both the Computing Science and Linguistic departments at my University seem to be in the dark about prospective jobs for a linguistic student in the computing field. I asked about Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics, but each department told me to go ask the other!

    I just really wanted to ask, is there any other kind of work involving linguistics and computing? What would be a good way to increase my employability in the field? Should I know any specific languages, or work with a particular program?

    Once again, sorry if this is in the wrong place. I've been passed from parcel to post about this for the past while, and any answer would be fantastic.

    Thanks for reading!
    I give you my best advice, if you are looking for IT technincan roles than you could just take a qualification in CompTIA and try and get it in with some voluntary experience. If its a network based tole such as Network support than do a qualification in CCNA or for database it would be Oracle certified qualification. You could look at a master degree in Computer Science, Database Management, Network Management... Which would come with extra training and might come with extra qualification free of charge. Look for one, that might have possible work experience and these extra qualifications.

    Which Programming language that you should specialise in depends on you, but the most common ones are Java, C++ and Python.

    Building up experience also help. Check your university career services and provide the information that I gave you. They might be point in the right direction.

    Good luck.
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    Yay, another linguist interested in NLP!

    I don't know how much help I can offer you, but I did an internship at an NLP lab last year. There were mostly computer scientists (two undergraduate or graduate students, others mostly postgrads and postdocs) but I also worked closely with a doctor of philology. There is a lot of interesting stuff to do, but I suppose that having a computing qualification under your arm is always an advantage. I also think that plenty of work is done by those with PhDs anyway.

    I didn't need to know any programming language specifically, but I learnt SketchEngine codes when I was in the lab and did Prolog in my free time.

    I'm contemplating doing this degree in the future: http://www.mff.cuni.cz/admission/wp-...terscience.pdf (jump to I3 - Mathematical Linguistics). Maybe it could be of an interest to you, it's a world-class university and its reputation for computer linguistics is amazing
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    Great to see people so keen in Computational Linguistics!! It is a highly interesting field and I will be pursuing my Masters in Computer Science with Language and Speech Technology at the University of Sheffield. The program though, I fear does have lot of Computer Science requirements. If you are interested in relearning, then I say give it a try. But yes, it would help your application a lot if you did a little programming in Java and Python before you make this jump. Since you are interested in CS i feel it is a great point to start.

    Alternatively, there are programs at the University of Edinburgh that offer a lot of opportunity in multidisciplinary linguistic work. Do look into that as well.
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    This sounds interesting.
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    University of Wolverhampton offers a pretty good degree in this field as well. The official name of the course is "Information and language processing". It could be a choice in this field as well.
    I'm personally in Linguistics BA now and after I finish I am considering taking computational linguistics.
    Though I am an international student and I lack experience in the field. I've been taking classes related with computational linguistics though.
    By the way:

    Does anybody knows how much does experience counts for MA?

    Because in my country there are not a lot of opportunities to gather one before you get your diploma.
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    My Honours project covered NLP. The language I used was Python because of the library NLTK - http://nltk.org/. There's plenty of roles out there that could use the skills gained from such topics, the likes of Detica would probably be interested.
 
 
 
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