Socio-cultural Content in Language


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.

Related Publications

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Contact Information

Program Manager

Main Office

Research Area(s)

Natural Language Processing, Sociolinguistics, Sociology Of Groups

Related Program(s)

Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)

Link(s) to BAA


Solicitation Status


BAA Release Date

December 1, 2008

BAA Question Period

December 1, 2008 — January 22, 2009

Proposal Due Date

January 29, 2009

Prime Performers

  • 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