Bursary Reports 2019


Manwen Zhang, Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics, University of Oxford

Workshop: From Text to Tech

As a first-year MPhil student of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics in Oxford, I attended DHOxSS 2019 with the intention to pick up some new technical skills for my research. The workshop that I attended, ‘From Text to Tech’, focused on Python programming, which equipped me with basic tools to automatically process and analyse textual data at large scale, and particularly with Python tools corresponding to linguistic methods. The workshop convenors, Barbara McGillivray, Gard Jenset and Mariona Coll Ardanuy also introduced us to corpus linguistics, Natural Language Processing (NLP), lemmatization, part-of-speech tagging and syntactic parsing, which are widely implemented in humanities research.


Moreover, ‘From Text to Tech’ took a hands-on approach that was proved useful for explaining the applicability of each tool that the convenors introduced and provided us with typical examples for practice. In conclusion, the workshop ‘From Text to Tech’ offered a basic introduction to Python programming in humanities and was an excellent mix of lectures and practical exercises suitable for both beginners and people with some previous experience in programming who want to (further) build up their technical skills and implement them in their research

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