Computational Semantics

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode LIX021M05
Vaknaam Computational Semantics
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b
ECTS 5
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Computational Semantics
Leerdoelen The student who masters the theory and techniques given in this course will be in a good position to appreciate and critically assess ongoing developments in computational semantics and semantic annotation. After the course the student is able to give a formal semantic analysis of a fragment of natural language and also provide a compositional semantics of a (simple) sentence using the lambda calculus. The student has a good grasp of all these techniques from computational semantics and lexical resources to apply them in a practical application, and a critical awareness of the possibilities and limitations of first-order logic applied to concrete language understanding problems.
Omschrijving This course introduces a number of fundamental techniques for computing semantic representations for natural language. Both the underlying theory and implementation are discussed. The central question addressed in this course is: How can we automate the process of associating semantic representations with expressions of natural language? Topics that are covered are lexical semantics (word senses, thematic roles), event semantics, logical semantics (quantification, scope, negation, discourse), the syntax-semantics interface, and compositional semantics (lambda-calculus, semantic tagging).
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege, practicum
(Lecture / practical)
Toetsvorm programmeeropdrachten, schriftelijk tentamen, wekelijkse opdrachten
(Presentation / programming assignments / weekly assisgnments)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator L. Abzianidze, PhD.
Docent(en) L. Abzianidze, PhD.
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Representation and Inference Blackburn and Bos (2005) 1575864967 ca. €  25,00
Entreevoorwaarden BA exam Information Science or Artificial Intelligence or similar undergraduate programme. Some programming experience.
Opmerkingen Enrollment in Progress will be possible from 17 June until 30 August. The seminar-group enrollment in Nestor is possible from 14 August 07:00 hours until 28 August 23.59 hours. The Faculty maintains the right to change the curriculum, the number of groups and the timetable.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students 4 semester I b mast
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MSc Computing Science: Intelligent Systems and Visual Computing  (Guided choice course units) - semester I b keuze
MSc Human-Machine Communication  (C - Elective Course Units) - semester I b keuze
Ma Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen  (Information Science) 1 semester I b keuze
ReMa Taalwetenschappen / Linguistics  (ReMa Language and Communication Technologies (LCT); Erasmus Mundus) 1 semester I b keuze