Computer Science courses

For the more technologically inclined, these classes might be a lot of fun:

*COMS W4705x Natural Language Processing*
Lect: 3. 3 pts.

Prerequisites: COMS W3133, or W3134 , or W3139 , or the instructor’s permission. Computational approaches to natural language generation and understanding. Recommended preparation: some previous or concurrent exposure to AI or Machine Learning. Topics include information extraction, summarization, machine translation, dialogue systems, and emotional speech. Particular attention is given to robust techniques that can handle understanding and generation for the large amounts of text on the Web or in other large corpora. Programming exercises in several of these areas.

*COMS W4706y Spoken Language Processing*
Lect: 3. 3 pts.
Not offered in 2008-2009.
Prerequisites: Prerequisites: COMS W3133 , or W3134, or W3137, or W3139, or the instructor’s permission. Computational approaches to speech generation and understanding. Topics include speech recognition and understanding, speech analysis for computational linguistics research, and speech synthesis. Speech applications including dialogue systems, data mining, summarization, and translation. Exercises involve data analysis and building a small text-to-speech system.



In honor of Registration Week, we’ve added a new page to the site (see the green “Program and Courses” tab above), where you can find course descriptions and other information about the linguistics program. It can be quite difficult to find linguistics courses simply by going through the directory, as all of them are offered through separate departments, so we hope to use this page to collect information about who is offering what from term to term.

This course, for example, is being offered through the history department:

HIST W4667x Nahuatl Language and Culture 4 pts.

This undergraduate seminar aims to give the students a basic knowledge of Nahuatl, the main indigenous language of central Mexico, still in use nowadays. During the classes we will explore the principal structures as for grammar and usage, focusing on classical Nahuatl, the version of the language employed during colonial times to produce documents and communicate. A vast and varied literature of mundane documents and ecclesiastically sponsored texts exists; we are going to concentrate on the type of everyday Nahuatl which goes well into the eighteenth century and includes all the Spanish contact phenomena that are still in the language today. The objective goes beyond pure language learning, using the language as a way to reach a better understanding of indigenous society and history. Following an agreement with the universities of Yale and Chicago, the seminar will offer the possibility to join an intensive training in contemporary Nahuatl in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, during the summer, with Professor Jonathan Amith (FLAS scholarships are available). In addition, pending an agreement with the University of Zacatecas, Mexico, there will be the possibility to work with an indigenous speaker for one week during the seminar.

Spring 2009
Call #: 28198
Instructor: C. Pizzigoni
Wed. 4:10-6

Location: TBA

New linguistics courses!

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese will be offering several new linguistics courses, starting next semester.

Offered in Spring 09:
Spanish Grammar (José Plácido Ruiz Campillo)
Spanish Pragmatics (Francisco Rosales Varo)

Offered in Fall 09:
Discourse Analysis, Language and Politics, for Portuguese and Spanish students (Ricardo Gualda)
Cognitive Linguistics in Spanish (José Plácido Ruiz Campillo)

All of these are undergraduate courses for the Spanish major and Portuguese concentration. Full course descriptions are not posted yet, but more information on the Department is available at their website.