Language Sciences in the Era of Digital Technology and Generative AI: Some Examples

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


With the rapid developments in digital technology and generative AI, researchers are assessing the impacts that these developments bring to various domains of scientific studies. For language scientists, such impacts can present a number of challenges to the traditional methods of doing language research. In this talk, I describe how we make use of the positive dimensions of digital technology and generative AI in our research. Specifically, I will discuss examples in which our experiments enhance second language learning through the use of immersive virtual technologies, and the benefits that such learning may bring to the linguistic brain. Further, I will discuss the model-brain alignment approach that leverages progress in large language models (LLMs), especially in the context of naturalistic language comprehension in both native and non-native languages. This approach also allows us to uncover the role of individual differences underlying language learning and representation. Overall, our work suggests that digital technology and generative AI, while presenting serious challenges to our sciences and the society, can positively influence the future of language science research.
Period11 Jul 2024
Event titleHighlights in the Language Science
Event typeConference
LocationNijmegen, NetherlandsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational