CLiPS (Computational Linguistics & Psycholinguistics) is a research center associated with the Linguistics department of the faculty of Arts of the University of Antwerp, and is the result of the fusion of the CNTS and CPL research centers.
Most of the CLiPS research is based on competitively acquired research funding. Funding agencies include the Research Foundation - Flanders, the Institute for the Promotion of Innovation by Science and Technology in Flanders, the Dutch Language Union, the European Commission and occasionally companies.
The goal of CLiPS is to produce internationally recognized top research and resources in (developmental) psycholinguistics, (corpus) linguistics, and computational linguistics, and to investigate the interdisciplinary combinations of these disciplines.
Our research activities come in three flavors:
- Computational Linguistics
We focus on the application of statistical and machine learning methods, trained on corpus data, to explain human language acquisition and processing data, and to develop automatic text analysis systems that are accurate, efficient, and robust enough to be used in practical applications.
- Language Acquisition
We study children's speech as well as the development of their writing abilities. We focus on early acquisition (children's language production in the first years of life) as well as on later stages of acquisition (youngsters' creative formation of new writing conventions in their chat language).
- Language Processing
Our interests concern reading and spelling. The focus in this module is on the nature of the mental representations and processes underpinning online language use in experienced language users, although their precursors in the acquisition process are also included in the study.
Various papers, prototypes and software packages are available for download:
|Papers: many publications are available freely as PDF.|
|Tech reports: in-depth research & technical documentation.|
|Software: open source modules that can be integrated into your own projects.|
|Demos: software prototypes and proof-of-concepts of our projects.|
|Colloquia: sign up for discussion.|