The University of Colorado is offering a fantastic opportunity for people interested in Computational Linguistics to be brought up to date with the latest developments and trends in 4 short weeks.

This is part of the Linguistic Institute 2011 in Boulder (see below), which offers an unusually wide range of Computational Linguistics courses by renowned researchers, covering everything from

  • spoken language recognition (Dan Jurafsky, Mari Ostendorf, Julia Hirschberg)
  • to statistical parsing (Rebecca Hwa)
  • to Lexical semantics (Christiane Fellbaum)
  • to formal representations (Lauri Kartunen, Annie Zaenen, Gerald Penn, Chris Potts).
  • to treebanking (Fei Xia, Rajesh Bhatt, Nianwen Xue)

    For a complete list of classes, please visit

    There are also some very good Human Language technology workshops that are open to Institute participants.

    It's an extraordinary networking opportunity, with small classes and lots of institute-wide events.

    The Linguistic Institute 2011 will take place July 7-August 2 on the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder, with major sponsorship by the Linguistic Society of America and the university. Courses are being taught by over 100 outstanding international visiting faculty members. In addition, more than 20 affiliated workshops and conference meetings will be held during Institute 2011.

    The theme of the 2011 Linguistic Institute is Language in the World, and the focus is on interdisciplinary, empirically based approaches to language. In keeping with this theme, a large suite of courses target language documentation and description, as well as processes of language endangerment and appropriate responses. The Institute not only continues a vital tradition in the field but also showcases the outstanding research and teaching activities at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The 79 one-credit hour courses include many courses on sociolinguistics, field methods, typology, syntactic/semantic/pragmatic theory, cognitive science and computational linguistics.

    Registration is open until July 5, so please consider taking advantage of this one-time opportunity. Enrollment costs for students are $375 per course (less than the normal CU summer school fee). The Institute website is located at CAMPUS HOUSING RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE THROUGH JUNE 13, 2011.