Språkteknologiska delområden VT98

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

The prime goal of the course is to give the students a more extensive introduction to four topics in Natural Language Processing. Some of these topics have 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 third year of the STP programme.

You can take a look at summaries of the results of the evaluation forms of the course: the midcourse evaluation and the final evaluation. The final evaluation will be held in the last week of March.


The course is divided in four topics. Each topic will be covered in approximately two weeks (three weeks for MT). This course will be given by two teachers:

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

       date time  room  subject
 1. må 1901 14-16 B147  CALL: lecture  CALL links
 2. ti 2001 14-16 B147  CALL: lecture
 3. to 2201 14-16 B147  CALL: lecture
 4. må 2601 13-17 H327  CALL: lab (two groups, deadline 980202:16/18)
 5. ti 2701 13-17 H327  CALL: lab (two groups)
 6. ti 0302 14-16 B147  MT: lecture
 7. on 0402 14-16 B162  MT: lecture
 8. to 0502 13-17 H327  MT: lab (staying home group, deadline 980302:16/18)
 9. ti 1002 13-17 H327  MT: lab (travelling group)
10. on 1102 13-17 H327  MT: lab (travelling group)
11. to 1202 13-17 H327  MT: lab (staying home group)
12. ti 1702 15-17 A128  MT: lecture (midcourse evaluation)
13. on 1802 13-17 H327  MT: lab (travelling group)
14. to 1902 13-17 H327  MT: lab (staying group)
15. må 2302 14-16 H419  LRT: lecture  LRT links
16. ti 2402 14-16 H419  LRT: lecture
17. on 2502 13-17 H327  MT: lab (two groups)
18. to 2602 14-16 A110  LRT: lecture
19. ti 0303 13-17 H327  LRT: lab (two groups, deadline 980317:16/18)
20. to 0503 13-17 H327  LRT: lab (two groups)
21. må 0903 14-16 H419  SP: lecture  SP links
22. ti 1003 15-17 A110  SP: lecture
23. to 1203 14-16 K424  SP: lecture
24. to 1903 08-17 KTH   SP: lab: HTML, Postscript, Travel info 
                                 (deadline 980406:18/18)

The students will be make practical exercises for each topic and write reports about these exercises. 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. The MT part may contain more than one assignment. The mark for this part will be determined by the mark for the Multra assignment provided that the student has completed all other MT assignments. 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 22, 1999. erikt@stp.ling.uu.se