LING 5801: Introduction to computational linguistics (CL1)
Autumn 2015

Tuesday-Thursday 9:35-10:55
Hagerty Hall 046

Marie-Catherine de Marneffe
Office hours: by appointment
Ohio Stadium East, room 118E


This course provides an introduction to theory-driven computational linguistics for graduates and advanced undergraduates, focusing on morphology, syntax and lexical semantics. The course includes some formal background and emphasizes linking the theoretical discussions to practical experience implementing algorithms. The course is part of the two-course introduction to computational linguistics. The second half, LING 5802, focuses on data-intensive, statistical computational linguistics and is offered in Spring.


LING 3802, LING 5000, CSE 3321, CSE 3521, CSE 5052, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for LING 684.01.

Content topic list
Network account
If you do not have one already, you will need a linguistics network account to obtain some of the resources required for this course. You can set this up with Jim Harmon in Ohio Stadium East 108G during normal working hours.
With your linguistics network account, you can use the linguistics computer lab in Oxley 201. The computers in this lab are installed with all software required for this course. If software does not appear to be working, you should contact Jim Harmon (Ohio Stadium East 108G) during normal working hours.

The current page and the schedule page serve as the syllabus for this course.

Course requirements

There will be five assignments to turn in. Students will be encouraged to work collaboratively in small groups, but everyone has to turn in his/her own assignment.

Periodically there will be day to day short assignments strongly recommended, but that do not have to be turned in. Participation in class is mandatory.

When readings are assigned, students are expected to come to class ready to discuss the reading(s).

A tentative schedule for the semester is posted on the schedule page. Readings and assignments may change! Deadlines will be announced in class too.


This is a 3-credit course, graded on a letter-grade (A, B, C, D, E) basis. Students are expected to attend class meetings, complete reading and assignments, as well as actively participate in class discussions.

Homeworks (80%): Completing five assignments, some paper and pencil, some programming. Homework assignments are due by the beginning of class. No late assignments will be accepted.

Participation (20%): Regular attendance in class as well as active participation is required.

Grades will be assigned using the standard OSU scale.

Website and Carmen

Materials for each unit will be posted on the website, as will the slides presented in class. Datasets and readings which cannot be made publicly available will be on Carmen or on the Linguistics network.

Note that email from Carmen is sent to your official email address ( You should read email sent to your official OSU account on a daily basis.

Make-up Policy

If you know you won't be able to make a deadline, please see me before you miss the deadline!

Policy on Academic Misconduct

As with any class at this university, students are required to follow the Ohio State Code of Student Conduct. In particular, note that students are not allowed to, among other things, submit plagiarized (copied but unacknowledged) work for credit. If any violation occurs, I am required to report the violation to the Council on Academic Misconduct. See the Committee on Academic Misconduct's Frequently Asked Questions.

Students with Disabilities
Students who need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me to arrange an appointment as soon as possible to discuss the course format, to anticipate needs, and to explore potential accommodations. I rely on the Office of Disability Services for assistance in verifying the need for accommodations and developing accommodation strategies. Students who have not previously contacted the Office for Disability Services are encouraged to do so (292-3307;