LING 5801: Introduction to computational linguistics (CL1)
Autumn 2019

Tuesday-Thursday 9:35-10:55
Baker 285

Marie-Catherine de Marneffe
Office hours: Thursday 12:30-1:30 or by appointment
Oxley Hall, room 203


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 have a linguistics network account, you can use the linguistics computer lab in Oxley (room 218). 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 (Oxley Hall room 118) during normal working hours. If you don't have access to a computer, let me know, and we will set up a linguistics network account for you.

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. The lowest score of one homework will be dropped if and only if *all* homeworks are turned in on time.

Participation (15%): Regular attendance in class as well as active participation is required.

Quizzes (5%): There will be periodic quizzes to ensure students come to class ready to discuss the readings.

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! Otherwise you will be penalized.

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
The University strives to make all learning experiences as accessible as possible. If you anticipate or experience academic barriers based on your disability (including mental health, chronic or temporary medical conditions), please let me know immediately so that we can privately discuss options. To establish reasonable accommodations, I may request that you register with Student Life Disability Services. After registration, make arrangements with me as soon as possible to discuss your accommodations so that they may be implemented in a timely fashion. SLDS contact information:; 614-292-3307;; 098 Baker Hall, 113 W. 12th Avenue.