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Language and Speech Technology

We research and develop computational methods for the comprehension and generation of text and speech. We evaluate these methods intrinsically, and test their utility in real-world applications (such as automatic speech recognition in realistic environments, and text mining in historical collections and social media). We also connect these computational models to models in theoretical and applied linguistics, psycholinguistics, and communication studies. The group works with ‘big data' and methods that learn computational models from data, while at the same time the proper development of information systems demands a hybridization of data-driven learning and ‘rich priors' from the domain or context.


Projects of the research group are carried out within the Centre for Language and Speech Technology (CLST).

Software & Corpora

Members of this group work on software and corpora in the field of language and speech technology. These and other CLS-software and -corpora can be found via the link below.

Our people

The PIs of this research group are Martha Larson and Nelleke Oostdijk.

An overview of our members can be found by clicking the link below.


For more information about our research, please contact:

dr. Nelleke Oostdijk