Thursday, April 12th
220 Blegen Hall, West Bank
Artificial Intelligence, neural networks, natural-language parsers, and massive online corpora of texts are changing the face of research into language. How will these tools affect the questions we ask about literary language? And will accelerating interest in AI draw readers from the sensuous, aesthetic, localized, physical world of books?
Stephen Harris is Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the author of Race and Ethnicity in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Bede and Aethelthryth: An Introduction to Christian Latin Poetics. He is currently at work on a Natural-Language Parser of the Old English language.
A reception with drinks and light refreshments.
A Center for Medieval Studies Lecture.