Computational models of language understanding

Course Code :2011FLWTAA
Study domain:Linguistics and Proficiency
Academic year:2016-2017
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:45
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Walter Daelemans
Ben Verhoeven

3. Course contents *

The modeling and understanding of how people understand language is still an unsolved problem. In this course, we study the knowledge and processes that play a role in how people understand text from three perspectives:

  • Models developed in Artificial Intelligence (semantic networks, semantic primitives).
  • Techniques developed in Computational Linguistics (information extraction, text mining, ontology extraction from text).
  • Results in computational psycholinguistics (and cognitive models on the basis of these results).

In this way, we try to get a step closer to models that are scalable and robust, but at the same time also producing deep text analyses as in AI and cognitive science approaches.