Computational Rhetoric WorkshopExport this event to calendar

Friday, August 12, 2016 — 4:30 PM to Sunday, August 14, 2016 — 2:30 PM EDT

Computational Rhetoric is an idea whose time has come. Advancing a new interdisciplinary field, this workshop is primarily intended for Digital Humanists, Computational Linguists, and Natural Language Technologists, at the graduate, faculty, and industry level.  <--break->

The discipline of rhetoric has, for literally millennia, concerned itself with pragmatic function, style, and affect in language—topics that have recently become important to Computational Linguistics and the wide range of automated pursuits that have grown out of Computational Linguistics—voice interfaces, argument mining, text summarization, authorship attribution, sentiment detection, even the diagnosis and monitoring of pathologies like dementia.

diagram of words, circles and arrowsMore significantly yet, the pragmatic, stylistic, and affective dimensions of language have been charted in rhetoric by specific linguistic patterns, called rhetorical figures, and computers are remarkably good at finding patterns.

This workshop, bringing together an international vanguard of scholars—computer scientists, rhetoricians, philologists, literary critics, information scientists, cyberneticists—who work on the detection and understanding of rhetorical figures, represents a key moment in forging this new field, Computational Rhetoric.

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Hagey Hall and Davis Centre, University of Waterloo


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