Språkteknologiska delområden VT97

This is an overview of the course Subareas of Natural Language Processing (in Swedish: Språkteknologiska delområden) that was taught in the Winter term of 1997 at the department of Linguistics at the University of Uppsala.

The prime goal of the course was to give the students a more extensive introduction to four topics in Natural Language Processing. Some of these topics had been dealt with in the first year course Introduktionskurs i Språkteknologi. Each of the four topics can be chosen as a specialization topic in the STP programme in year three.

You can take a look at summaries of the results of the midcourse evaluation and the final evaluation.


The course is divided in four topics. Each topic will be covered in six classes. This course will be given by two teachers:

    abr   topic                              teacher
 1. MT    Machine Translation                Anna Sågvall-Hein
 2. CALL  Computer Aided Language Learning   Erik Tjong Kim Sang
 3. LRT   Language Revision Tools            Erik Tjong Kim Sang
 4. SP    Speech Processing                  Erik Tjong Kim Sang

       date time  room  subject
 1. on 2901 09-11 K224  MT
 2. on 2901 13-17 H327  MT: Multra lab (two groups)
 3. on 0502 09-11 F318  MT
 4. on 0502 13-17 H327  MT: Multra lab (two groups)
 5. on 1202 09-11 F318  MT
 6. on 1202 13-17 H327  MT: Multra lab (two groups) MTA text
 8. on 1902 09-11 H327  MT: Trados lab group 1
 7. on 1902 13-15 K214  MT: Björn Beskow
 8. on 1902 15-17 H327  MT: Trados lab group 2
 9. må 2402 10-12 H331  CALL: lecture  CALL links
10. on 2602 10-12 A162  CALL: lecture
11. fr 2802 12-14 A144  CALL: lecture
12. må 0303 12-16 H327  CALL: lab (two groups) lab results
13. on 0503 12-16 H327  CALL: lab (two groups)
14. må 1003 10-12 B105  LRT: lecture  LRT links
15. on 1203 12-14 B125  LRT: lecture
16. fr 1403 12-14 F412  LRT: lecture
18a ti 1803 10-12 H327  LRT: lab (group one)
17. on 1903 13-17 H327  LRT: lab (two groups)
18b fr 2103 15-17 H327  LRT: lab (group two)
19. må 2403 12-14 A162  SP: lecture  SP links
20. ti 2503 10-12 A162  SP: lecture
21. on 2603 10-12 B105  SP: lecture
22. on 2603 13-17 H327  LRT: lab (two groups)
23a to 0304 15-17 H327  SP: lab (group 1)
23b fr 0404 15-17 H327  SP: lab (group 2)

The students will be make practical exercises for each topic. For these exercises they will receive grades between 0 and 10 (G, VG and U for MT). These grades will determine their final grade of the course. In order to pass the course a student has to pass all topics, that is obtain a mark of at least G or at least 6.0 for each topic. In order to get VG for the course the student has pass all topics and obtain an average mark of at least 8.0. In the computation of the average the MT marks will be rated as G=7.0 and VG=9.0.

Because of the number of students the practical sessions will be split in two groups. The students may choose themselves if they want to be in the first or in the second group provided that the group is not already complete. Students are allowed to work together during the practical exercises. However a group that submits one report cannot include more than two persons.


The students will receive literature summaries for the topics CALL, LRT and SP during the course. For MT the books of Beskow and Hutchins and Somers are recommended. People that want more reading material can consult the following list:

Last update: February 19, 1998. erikt@stp.ling.uu.se