The Maryland Language Science Center is a new collaborative effort involving more than 200 language scientists, drawn from 16 departments and centers in six colleges across the university. Building on the previous work of language scientists at the university, the center is addressing a variety of pressing global problems. This work includes early identification of language disorders in infants, narrowing education achievement gaps caused by “language poverty,” and building technology for information extraction and for real-time translation systems that emulate the feats of simultaneous interpreters. The center will also serve as an incubator for development of new research areas that intersect with language, such as culture, genetics, automatic speech recognition, and K-12 language education. Learn more.
Watch a video of Colin Phillips, the director of the center, discuss language science and provide insight on how humans seem to understand language so effortlessly even though it’s not effortless at all.