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Tutorial on Computational Linguistics at CONSOLE 28

Tutorial on Computational Linguistics at CONSOLE 28

As a Satellite Event to CONSOLE 28, COLT is organizing a Tutorial on Computational Linguistics. The tutorial will be held at UPF on January 28 2019. Come and join us!






The tutorials will be on 28th January:


14:30 Looking at natural language through Python

Lecturer: Matthijs Westera

This tutorial could be your first exposure to the Python programming language and its Natural Language ToolKit (NLTK). There will be hands-on exercises and we’ll reflect on how you could use Python and NLTK for your research. No prior familiarity with programming required.

Natural Language Toolkit: (especially


16:00 Coffee break


16:30 Introduction to Distributional Semantics and Machine Learning

Lecturer: Gemma Boleda

In this tutorial, we will aim at giving attendants a basic understanding of techniques in Machine Learning and Distributional Semantics, and discuss the interface between these methods and theoretical linguistics. The tutorial will be based on a talk and hands-on practice, and will cover the following contents:

  • Machine learning for Computational Linguistics.
  • Distributional Semantics.
  • Language models.


Recommended readings:

Boleda, G. Distributional Semantics and Linguistic Theory. Annual Review of Linguistics: Accepted. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-linguistics-011619-030303.

Cichy, R. M., & Kaiser, D. 2019. Deep neural networks as scientific models. Trends in cognitive sciences 23:4, 305-317.

Pater J. 2019. Generative linguistics and neural networks at 60: Foundation, friction, and fusion. Language 95, e41-e74.