LING 441 - Introduction to Computational Linguistics
Fall 2019, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics


Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
EECS 183 or the equivalent. Students planning to take LING 315 and 316 (e.g., Linguistics majors) should take them before taking LING 441.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Computational linguistics, also known as natural language processing, encompasses three distinct areas of study: (1) human language technologies, such as machine translation, information extraction, or spoken language dialogue systems; (2) computational models of language users, either human (computational psycholinguistics) or artifactual (artificial intelligence); and (3) digital linguistics, which is the use of computation in support of language documentation and linguistic research.

For all three areas of study, there is a common body of fundamentals. This class introduces those fundamentals. One focus is the processing pipeline involved in natural language understanding, particularly part of speech tagging, parsing, and semantic interpretation. A second focus is the extraction of linguistic information from text corpora; we will touch on collocations, language models, regular expressions, and text classification.

The approach will be very hands-on. We will use the Natural Language Toolkit, in the Python programming language.

Intended Audience:

The course does not assume prior experience with Python, nor does it assume a computer science background. It is particularly intended for language, linguistics, psychology, and cognitive science students. However, some prior experience with programming is essential - this course is not an introduction to programming.


LING 441 - Introduction to Computational Linguistics
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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