Using Clojure in Linguistic Computing

Zoltan Varju, Richard Littauer, Peteris Ernis


Due to recent developments in the humanities and the social sciences more and more scholars are turning towards computing. Although there are accessible and well designed toolkits to get into computing, taking the step from surface knowledge of programming to tackling non-trivial issues is difficult and time intensive. Even those researchers with some computing background may face problems when they want to deepen their knowledge and start serious projects, especially when participating with a team of programmers is not an option. We think using Clojure for linguistic computing answers these concerns. Here, we examine the existing resources and explain why Clojure can help in both educating and researching. We also present two mini case studies as examples of Clojure’s interoperability and use.

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