Ling7800-006: Computational Lexical Semantics

Summer 2011

Christiane Fellbaum
Martha Palmer
Time and Location: Monday/Thursday 1:30-3:15, MUEN E 432, July 7 - Aug 2
Assessment: Two homeworks and a term project definition.
Office Hours: Christiane Fellbaum: IBS Cubicle 1, Wednesdays 11-12
Office Hours: Martha Palmer, Hellems 295, Thursday 5-6pm
Textbook: Semantic Role Labeling (eBook), First two chapters Martha Palmer, Daniel Gildea, Nianwen Xue, In Synthesis Lectures on Human Language Technologies , ed., Graeme Hirst, Morgan & Claypool, 2010. ISBN: 9781598298321


Lexical semantics is becoming an increasingly important part of Natural Language Processing (NLP), as the field is beginning to address semantics at a large scale. This introductory lecture course will cover key issues in computational lexical semantics. We will start with an introduction to theoretical models of lexical semantics, considering both their adequacy as linguistic models and their place in NLP. We will then examine computational lexical resources and will consider both manual and automatic techniques for their development. The automatic techniques can be used to acquire lexical-semantic information from corpus data. On one extreme, such techniques can be fully supervised (requiring hand-labeled training data). On the other extreme, they can be fully unsupervised (learning lexical information from unlabeled text). In both cases, valuable lexical semantic information can be induced. Towards the end of the course we will discuss the role of lexical semantics in various current NLP applications.

Suggested Schedule and Readings - Open to Modification