Ling 472/CSE 472: Introduction to Computational Linguistics
Spring 2012

Course Info

Instructor Info

  Emily M. Bender Zina Pozen
Office Hours: Fridays 12-2
or by appointment
Thursdays 12-2
Office Location: Padelford A-219 Art 337
Email: ebender at uw zpozen at uw



Goals: By the end of this course, you will:

Computational linguistics is a broad field incorporating research and techniques for processing language with computers at all levels of linguistic structure. Students are expected to have a background in either computer science or linguistics, but not necessarily both. Expect this class to be difficult at times and easy at others. We hope to offer something new and interesting for everyone.

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.


Students are expected to complete the assigned readings before each lecture. Lecture and lab will connect with the readings, but not everything in the readings will be covered in lecture. Homework assignments and exams may nonetheless cover material in the readings not gone over in class.

Late homework policy: Unless prior arrangements are made, homework turned in late but within 24 hours of the deadline will be graded at 80% credit, homework turned between 24 and 48 hours will be graded at 70% credit, and homework turned in later than that will not be graded. No late final projects will be accepted.

Grades will be based on homework assignments (45%), the midterm (20%) and the final project (30%), and course participation (5%, including 2% for the twitter assignment).

Schedule of Topics and Assignments (May be updated)

3/26 Introduction & overview Ch 1 WebQ
3/28 Reg exps; FSA Ch 2  
3/30 Lab    
4/2 Morphology & FST BK pp. 1-37 4/3: Assignment 1, part 1
4/4 Morphology & FST
(Notes from xfst demo)
BK pp. 43-63  
4/6 Lab   Assignment 1
4/9 Evaluation Resnick & Lin, 2010  
4/11 Computational Phonology Ch 11  
4/13 Lab: Final project planning   Assignment 2
4/16 Text-to-Speech Ch 8  
4/18 N-grams Ch 4 (through 4.4)  
4/20 Lab   Plan for final project
4/23 N-grams Ch 4.5-4.9, 4.12  
4/25 Midterm    
4/27 Lab    
4/30 Guest Lecture: Gina Levow    
5/2 Guest Lecture: Glenn Slayden    
5/4 Lab   Assignment 3
5/7 CFG; Parsing Ch 12, 13  
5/9 Feature Structures Ch 15 through 15.3  
5/11 Lab   Assignment 4
5/14 Unification^H^H Parsing Ch 15.4-15.7  
5/16 Probabilistic Parsing Ch 14  
5/18 Lab   Assignment 5
5/21 Unification, Semantics    
5/23 Representing Meaning Ch 17, 18  
5/25 Lab   Final project outline + stage 1 results
5/28 Memorial Day -- no lecture    
5/30 Presentations    
6/1 Lab: More presentations    
6/4     Final projects due 2:30 pm