Context-Free Parsing Methods
CTL254 (2 credits)
Spring 2003

Course Syllabus

This course investigates natural language parsing using context-free grammars. Starting from elementary CFGs and simple parsing with Prolog DCGs which were introduced in CTL272, students gradually extend their knowledge of parsing techniques to include top-down and bottom-up strategies, chart parsing, and handling ill-formed input. At the same time, students extend their knowledge of implementing grammatical descriptions to include more complex linguistic feature structures. The later stages of the course include parsing with Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG).

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The course is taught in English. The course consists of lectures and practical lab sessions.


The course is suitable for language students who do not have a computer science background.

Course arrangements

Time: Thursdays 13-16, 06.03.03 - 24.04.03.
Place: Unix lab, Siltavuorenpenger 20A.

Course contents and materials

Graham Wilcock
Last modified: Fri Aug 22 18:38:42 EEST 2003