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1 Course: Natural Language Syntax (CS 6998) Spring 2005 Martin JanscheMartin Jansche and Owen RambowOwen Rambow

2 TIME, LOCATION Wednesdays 11 :00AM-12:50PM In 620 CEPSR (tbc) The course starts January 19, 2005 Offical info: COMS E (28753), Topics In Computer Science, I (Adv Tpcs/naturl Lang Proc) O. Rambow

3 WHAT IS NATURAL LANGUAGE SYNTAX? Syntax = structure of natural language utterances Syntax = interface between surface strings and meaning Example: Who does what to whom? o Pat convinced Robin to shave o Pat promised Robin to shave o Pat left Robin to shave Not just a matter of words having different meanings!

4 COURSE OUTLINE What is syntax? Descriptive introduction to some of the core linguistic phenomena (English, other languages) Frameworks for the representation of syntax: TAG, HPSG, LFG, Chomskyan Minimalism Computational aspects

5 WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE? Anyone interested in natural language Natural language processing/AI students in computer science Students in other disciplines who need an overview of syntax, including formal approaches to representing syntax

6 COURSE REQUIREMENTS One to three short presentations in class (5-15 minutes); examples: o Raising constructions in Nepali o An LFG analysis of wh-movement in Egyptian Arabic Final project: a paper and/or an implementation; can focus on linguistic, formal, and/or computational issues; examples: o Wh-movement and relative clauses in Egyptian Arabic o Raising in Malagasy and the formal power of LFG o A robust parser using TAG o A processing model for garden-path sentences in English based on Categorial Grammar


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