Linguistics 575: Computational Linguistics and Linguistic Typology
Spring quarter, 2009
- Emily M. Bender
- Office Hours: Fridays 10:30-12:30 except 5/1 & 5/8, and by appt
- Office: Padelford A-219
- Phone: 543-6914
- Email: ebender at u
Linguistic typology is the study of the range of variation
in structure among human languages and the constraints on that
variation. This seminar will look at the relationship between
linguistic typology and computational linguistics from two
directions, considering on the one hand how computational
approaches are used in linguistic typology and on the other how
linguistic typology can inform work in computational
linguistics/natural language processing.
Note: To request academic accommodations due to a
disability, please contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz,
206-543-8924 (V/TTY). If you have a letter from Disabled Student
Services indicating that you have a disability which requires academic
accommodations, please present the letter to the instructor so we can
discuss the accommodations you might need in this class.
Schedule of Topics and Assignments (may be updated)
NB: I will be out of town for the first
class meeting, so we will begin on 4/6. There will be a make-up
class meeting scheduled for later in the quarter. Because we
are beginning in the second week, students will be expected to
prepare the assigned reading ahead of the first actual class meeting.
||No class: Instructor out of town.
What is Typology? Why should computational linguists care?
|Bickel 2007, Nichols 2007, Bender 2009
||Typological databases (Autotyp, WALS)
||WALS (Presentation guidelines);
Bickel and Nichols 2002 (Churng)
|KWLH: K and W due|
||Morphological typology and practical applications
||Pirkola 2001 (Hartleben), Kirchhoff and Yang 2005 (Saleem), Alexandrescu and Kirchhoff 2006 (Saleem)
||Lewis 2006 (Jinguji), Lewis and Xia 2008 (Goodman), Lewis and Xia 2009 (Jinguji)
||Surrey Features Project, GOLD
||Corbett 2009 (Galperina-Radu), Kibort 2008 (Galperina-Radu), Farrar ms (Evans)
||Bakker ms (Dougherty), Folch et al 2000 (Dougherty)
||Daumé III and Campbell 2007 (Kane),
Daumé III 2009 (Goodman)
||Grammar Matrix Libraries; Course evals
||Drellishak forthcoming, Chs 1-3 and 7 (Kane, Churng)
||Project interim results or paper draft|
|Make-up class meeting
||KWLH papers due|
||Final papers/projects due 5pm|
Papers that are available online will be linked to directly. Others
will be uploaded to our e-reserves page.
- A. Alexandrescu and K. Kirchhoff, Factored Neural Language Models, Proceedings of HLT, 2006.
- Bakker, Dik. ms. LINFER: Inferring implications from the WALS database.
- Bender, Emily M. 2009. Linguistcally Naïve != Language Independent: Why NLP Needs Linguistic Typology. In Proceedings of the EACL 2009 Workshop on the Interaction between Linguistics and Computational Linguistics: Virtuous, Vicious or Vacuous?
- Bickel, Balthasar and Johanna Nichols. 2002. Autotypologizing Databases and their Use in Fieldwork. In: Austin, Peter, Helen Dry and Peter Witternburg [eds.] Proceedings of the International LREC Workshop on Resources
and Tools in Field Linguistics, Las Palmas, 26 - 27 May 2002.
- Bickel, Balthasar. 2007. Typology in the 21st Century: Major Current Developments. Linguistic Typology 11:239-251.
- Corbett, Greville C. 2009. Universals and Features. In Sergio Scalise, Elisabetta Magni and Antonietta Bisetto (eds) Universals of Language Today (Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 76) Heidelberg: Springer. pp.129-143.
- Daumé III, Hal and Campbell, Lyle. 2007. A Bayesian Model for Discovering Typological Implications. ACL 2007.
- Daumé III, Hal. 2009. Non-Parametric Bayesian Model Areal Linguistics. NAACL 2009.
- Drellishak, Scott. Forthcoming (2009). Widespread but Not Universal: Improving the Typological Coverage of the Grammar Matrix. PhD thesis, University of Washington.
- Farrar, Scott. ms. An Ontological Approach to Canonical Typology.
- Folch, Helka, Serge Heiden, Benoit Habert, Serge Fleury, Gabriel Illouz, Pierre Lafon, Julien Nioche, and Sophie Prévost. 2000. TypTex: Inductive typological text classification by multivariate statistical analysis for NLP systems tuning/evaluation. LREC 2000.
- Kibort, Anna. A typology of grammatical features. Grammatical Features. 11 January 2008. http://www.grammaticalfeatures.net/inventory.html.
- K. Kirchhoff and M. Yang, Improved Language Modeling for Statistical Machine Translation, Proceedings of the ACL Workshop on Building and Using Parallel Texts, 2005
- Lewis, William D. 2006. ODIN: A Model for Adapting and Enriching Legacy Infrastructure. In Proceedings of the e-Humanities Workshop, held in cooperation with e-Science 2006: 2nd IEEE International Conference on e-Science and Grid Computing, Amsterdam.
- Lewis, Wiliam D. and Fei Xia. 2008. Automatically Identifying Computationally Relevant Typological Features. In Proceedings of The Third International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (IJCNLP). Hyderabad, January 2008.
- Lewis, William D. and Fei Xia. 2009. Parsing, Projecting & Prototypes: Repurposing Linguistic Data on the Web EACL 2009 Demo session.
- Nichols, Johanna. 2007. What, if anything, is typology? Linguistic Typology 11:231-238.
- Pirkola, Ari. 2001. Morphological typology of languages for IR. Journal of Documentation. 57(3): 330-348.
ebender at u dot washington dot edu
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