880054 :Language, Cognition & Computation: Advanced (BDM/HAIT/CD)


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: Lectures and workgroups (Geen informatie over collegetijden bekend)
Tentamenvorm: Two research papers, a presentation and active class participation (Geen informatie over tentamendata bekend)
Studielast:6 ECTS credits
Inschrijving:Enrollment via Blackboard before start of lectures
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prof. dr. M.M. Louwerse

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

This course will look at various aspects of language (text and dialogue) from a cognitive and computational perspective. How do we assign meaning to words, sentences and text? How can we measure different genres? How can we measure coherence in text? How can we measure meaning and interpretation? How can we develop a dialogue management system that simulates how humans have dialogues?

The goal of this course is to provide an insight in the broad spectrum of language and communication from a cognitive and computational, focusing on semantics and pragmatics. At the end of the course students will be able to critically think and to evaluate scientific literature, apply psychological and computational theories of language and discourse to areas as diverse as data journalism, business communication and digital media, and understand how to computationally model human language processing and set up psychological experiments to test these models.

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

Humans have no difficulty to produce and understand language. We talk with each other knowing when to say something and when to only acknowledge what the other person says. Similarly, when we read or hear words, we have no difficulty to assign meaning to the language we hear. But what are the mechanisms behind these processes? And is it possible to develop computational models that simulate these human processes.

Questions related to language and discourse can be addressed from the perspective of linguistic, psychological and computational theories. This course will take will provide an interdisciplinary perspective by continuously asking how psychological theories can be related to computational theories and how they can be linked to actual data.

The course will cover a broad spectrum of theories, research, and issues in areas relevant for business communication and digital media, data journalism, human aspects of information technology, and text and communication. No specific strong background is needed in linguistic, psychology or computer science, yet a strong interest in interdisciplinary research, a creative mind and a proactive stance towards learning new material is essential.

Verplichte literatuur

  1. Readings will consist of research articles covering the different themes of the course. These articles will be downloadable from online resources.

Vereiste voorkennis

Basic knowledge of experimental design and computational modeling is advisable

Mogelijk interessant voor

  • Bedrijfscommunicatie en Digitale Media ( 2015 )
  • Communicatie-Design ( 2015 )
  • Human aspects of Information Technology ( 2015 )
  • Data Journalism ( 2015 )
  • Communication and Information Sciences ( 2015 )