Natural Language Processing

Spring 2001


Prof. Ralph Grishman
715 Broadway, Room 703
phone:  998-3497
Spring office hours:  Wednesdays, 11 AM-noon


Natural Language Understanding, James Allen (Benjamin / Cummings), Second Edition, 1995.

Assignments and Grading

10 weekly assignments, each worth 5 points.  A combination of written exercises and computer exercises (using parsers, modifying grammars, etc.).  Each homework is due 2 class meetings (generally, 2 weeks) after being assigned.  There is a 20% (1 point) penalty for each week late.

A term project, worth 30 points. There are a wide range of possibilities, including both computer implementations and research papers.  Computer implementations may involve extensions to the system used in class (in Java), adaptation of the system to new tasks (grammar and lexicon development), or even entirely new systems.  The term project is due at the last class meeting.

A final examination, worth 20 points.

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Other Books of Interest

Speech and Language Processing, Daniel Jurafsky and James Martin, Prentice-Hall, 2000

Computational Linguistics:  An Introduction, Ralph Grishman, Cambridge Univ. Press, 1986.

Research Sources

Journals:  Computational Linguistics and Natural Language Engineering


(most conference proceedings are available in the Proteus Project lounge / reading room, 715 Broadway, 7th Floor)