Some Definitions for Human Language Technology (Q1) 1st theme

1 04 2008

Nowadays, The Human Language Technology is extending more and more all over the world and we can find some definitions on different pages that explain us what is.

Firstly, we have the definition that Hans Uszkoreit give us in the page of DFKI, Language technology (sometimes also referred to as human language technology) comprises computational methods, computer programs and electronic devices that are specialized for analyzing, producing or modifying texts and speech. These systems must be based on some knowledge of human language. Therefore language technology defines the engineering branch of computational linguistics.”

Secondly, according to wikipedia, Language technology is often called Human Language Technology (HLT) or natural language processing (NLP) and consists of computational linguistics (or CL) and speech technology as its core but includes also many application oriented aspects of them. Language technology is closely connected to computer science and general linguistics.

Lastly, to finished we can mention also the brief definition that Meraka Institute gives us:

“Human Language Technology (HLT) makes it easier for people to interact with machines. This can benefit a wide range of people – from illiterate farmers in remote villages who want to obtain relevant medical information over a cellphone, to scientists in state-of-the-art laboratories who want to focus on problem-solving with computers.”


* Language Technology Lab. Hans Uszkoreit (2007). DFKI-LT – What is Language Technology?. Retrieved 12:50, March 1st 2008, from

* Meraka Institute. African Advanced Institute for Information & Communication Technology (2007). Retrieved 13:20, March 27 2008, from

* Language Technology (2007). In the wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:50, March 17th 2008, from

* Hans Uszkoreit (2007). Retrieved 17:10, March 17th 2008, from

* Natural Language Processing (2007). Retrieved 17:20, March 17th 2008, from