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Lars Ahrenberg

Professor Emeritus

I am an emeritus professor in Computational Linguistics. My current work concerns applications of language technology to other research areas mainly in the humanities and social sciences. I am also interested in human and machine translation.


Language technology as infrastructure

I participate in the national consortium Swe-Clarin where the goal is to develop methods and tools from language technology for application in other research areas. My focus is on tools and resources for the analysis of text. I have contributed to a new Swedish resource for the recognition of named entities in text and to different resources for the evaluation of machine translation.

An important aspect of this project is to work with researchers from other disciplines who use text data in their research. This helps me to discover potential and limitations in the tools we are using, and may give the researcher a new perspective on her data. Automatic methods and tools can be applied to much larger datasets than an individual researcher can read in a lifetime, and they can also be used to find structure and relations in texts that are not immediately visible.

I am also a contributor to the international initiative Universal Dependencies that develops treebanks for an increasing number of the world's languages. A treebank is a dataset of sentences with rich syntactic annotation that enables typological and comparative studies of the included languages, as well as the development of tools for automatic processing. The resource I develop is a parallel treebank of English original sentences with Swedish translations called LinES, that can be used for translation studies.


I supervise or examine a few theses each year at the Bachelor's and Master's levels.



Lars Ahrenberg (2024) Fitting Fixed Expressions into the UD Mould: Swedish as a Use Case Proceedings of the Joint Workshop on Multiword Expressions and Universal Dependencies (MWE-UD) @ LREC-COLING 2024, p. 33-42-


Daniel Holmer, Lars Ahrenberg, Julius Monsen, Arne Jönsson, Mikael Apel, Marianna Blix Grimaldi (2023) Who said what? Speaker Identification from Anonymous Minutes of Meetings Proceedings of the 24th Nordic Conference on Computational Linguistics (NoDaLiDa)
Lars Ahrenberg, Daniel Holmer, Stefan Holmlid, Arne Jönsson (2023) Analysing changes in official use of the design concept using SweCLARIN resources Selected papers from the CLARIN Annual Conference 2022 Continue to DOI


Lars Ahrenberg (2022) Att vara Lars: Några tankar om språkteknologi och socioonomastik Live and learn: Festschrift in honor of Lars Borin, p. 1-4
Lars Ahrenberg, Daniel Holmer, Stefan Holmlid, Arne Jönsson (2022) Analysing Changes in Official Use of the Design Concept Using SweCLARIN Resources Proceedings of the CLARIN Annual meeting

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