LING 289: History of Computational Linguistics
Winter 2011

Intellectual history of computational linguistics and natural language processing, together with related aspects of dialogue and speech processing, using primary sources.

Dan Jurafsky, jurafsky@stanford.edu 460-117
Martin Kay, mjkay@stanford.edu, 460-119

Tues, 2:15-5:05pm, 460-126 Email: linguist289-win1011-staff@lists.stanford.edu
Required Work



SCHEDULE
Wk
Date
Discussants
Slides

Topic and Readings

1
Jan 4
Martin and Dan

Introduction to the Course and Brief Overview of the History of the Field

2
Jan 11
Everyone

Computational History in Computational Linguistics: the ACL Anthology

Computational History more Generally

Extra: Related papers for further research

3
Jan 18
Everyone

History of Science: Foundations

History of Science: Relevant Theories and Examples

Extra: Related papers for further research

4
Jan 25
Finite State Panel (Martin, Ron Kaplan, Lauri Karttunen+)

Finite State Models in Computational Linguistics

Extra: Related papers on Finite-State models for further research

5
Feb 1

Unification
(Discussants: Dan Flickinger, Ron Kaplan, Lauri Karttunen, Martin Kay, Gerald Penn, Ivan Sag).

Unification

Extra: Related papers for further research

6
Feb 8
First half: Adam
Second half: David C

Models for Dialogue

Montague's PTQ and its relationship to CL of the time

7
Feb 15
First half: Nikhil
Second half: More on Semantics

History of Topic Modeling: Vectors, LSI/LSA, LDA

Story Understanding: Schank, Wilks, Charniak

8
Feb 22
First half: Natalia Second half: Karen

Proposing parsers for alternative grammatical formalisms

Influential Papers in Machine Translation

Extra: More Influential Papers in Machine Translation

9
Mar 1
Guests: Gerald Penn and Paul Kiparsky

Panini and the role of the Indian Grammarians in Mathematical Linguistics

10
Mar 8
Everyone

Presentations

A last topic we didn't get to: Key early papers on probabilistic models

Primary Source Info: Interviews and Oral Histories

Project Ideas