LSA 311: Computational Lexical Semantics
Summer 2015
Dan Jurafsky

Dan Jurafsky (
Class Time
Tuesday and Fridays 10:30-12:20am in Harper 140

Office Hours
Fridays 2pm-3pm in the atrium of the Booth School at 58th and Woodlawn (or by appointment)

Are from the drafts of the new (3rd) edition of Jurafsky and Martin Speech and Language Processing


Date Topic Readings
Tue, July 7 Computing with online thesauri like WordNet
Fri, July 10 Distributional (Vector) Semantics
  • Co-occurrence vectors and mutual information
  • "Embeddings": SVD, LSA, skip-grams [pptx] [pdf]
Tue, July 14 Learning thesauri and dictionaries from text
  • Lexicons for affect, connotation and sentiment [pptx] [pdf]
  • Thesaurus induction and relation extraction [pptx] [pdf]
Fri, Jul 17 Semantic Role Labeling (Charles J. Fillmore day)
  • FrameNet, PropBank, Semantic Role Labeling [pptx] [pdf]
  • Selectional Restrictions [pptx] [pdf]
  • Inducing Narrative Frames [pptx] [pdf]

Homework! (if you are taking the class for a grade). Do one of these two options.