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  1. General course information Session 1: 7/08/2011

  2. Instructors • Rajesh Bhatt • Ling Dept, UMASS Amherst • Syntax, Syntax-Semantics Interface • Fei Xia • Ling Dept, Univ. of Washington • Computational linguistics • Both • XTAG project at UPenn • The Hindi/Urdu Project

  3. Contact • Email: • Rajesh: bhatt@linguist.umass.edu • Fei: fxia@uw.edu • Do not use our CU email address • Office hours: by appt

  4. Course home page, etc. • Course url: http://faculty.washington.edu/fxia/lsa2011/syllabus.pdf • Syllabus • Slides: The slides will be online shortly after class. • Assignments • The syllabus page at CULearn.colorado.edu points to our course url. • Please check your emails regularly.

  5. Course Objectives • Introduce students to the design of treebanks • Demonstrate how treebanks can inform research in theoretical linguistics • Show that treebanks play an important role in CL.

  6. Prerequisites • An introductory syntax class • Speak, or know the syntax of, a foreign language • Computational background would be helpful but is not required: • basic unix/linux commands • a programming language (C, C++, Java, Perl, Python) • use RegEx • Regular access to a computer would also be helpful.

  7. Grades • Attendance and class participation: 70% • Assignments: 30% • In addition, there will be optional assignments that are highly recommended.

  8. Required assignments • Assignments are given on Fridays • Due at noon the following Thursday • If you have any questions about lectures or assignments, please let us know ASAP in class or by email. • Turn in your assignments by email.

  9. Optional assignments • Very helpful in understanding the course material • They are not required because of students’ other activities. • If you turn in the assignments, we will provide feedback. • Not going to affect your grade either way.

  10. Colorado machines • You need to get an account on “verbs” machine • unix, not Windows or Mac • we will use basic unix commands: e.g., ls, cd, more, less • To log in: run ssh your_id@verbs.colorado.edu • If you don’t have an account, contact let us know right now. • user id and password are the same as the ones for your CU account • The directory for the course on “verbs” • /home/verbs/shared/LSA7800_076

  11. Course contents

  12. Course plan 1: Introduction to treebanks 2: Using treebanks in linguistic studies 3: Creating a treebank 4: PropBank 5: Multi-representational treebanks 6: Historical treebanks 7: Using treebanks in CL studies 8: Discourse Treebank