Computational sociolinguistics investigates research questions from the social sciences through empirical analyses of natural language text. Input text includes online news articles, social media posts, forum discussions, and similar. The focus is not only on the employed natural language processing technologies, but also on the insights into social phenomena and dynamics, raising a particular need for output interpretation and visualization.
The aim of this seminar is to learn about basic ideas and recent research in computational sociolingustics as well as to discuss the benefits and limitations of empirical text analysis on societal developments. Based on a few introductory talks, each participant will choose a sophisticated topic from recent related research. For this topic, knowledge from different literature has to be acquired and presented in a scientific talk. In addition, the topic has to be summarized and discussed in detail in a paper-like article.