Socio-cultural Content in Language (SCIL)

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Program Information

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The Socio-cultural Content in Language (SCIL) Program intends to explore and develop novel designs, algorithms, methods, techniques and technologies to extend the discovery of the social goals of members of a group by correlating these goals with the language they use.

Language is used to do more than share information; people use it to reflect and establish social and cultural norms. The SCIL Program is attempting to exploit this fact and automatically identify social actions and characteristics of groups by examining the language used by the members of the groups. SCIL researchers are working in multiple languages, and machine translation is not permitted.

Performers (Prime Contractors)

Arizona State University; Columbia University; Language Computer Corporation; Raytheon BBN Technologies; SRI International; State University of New York - Research Foundation; University of Maryland; University of Washington

Related Program(s)

Research Area(s)

  • Natural language processing
  • Sociology of groups
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Group behavior
  • Social groups
  • Online interaction
  • Social roles

Related Publications

To access SCIL program-related publications, please enter the following into a Google Scholar search query: "W911NF-09-C-0122 OR W911NF-09-C-0140 OR W911NF-09-C-0136 OR W911NF-09-C-0141 OR W911NF-09-C-0085 OR W911NF-09-C-0089 OR W911NF-09-C-0129 OR W911NF-09-C-0131"