The MA in Computational Linguistics provides an advanced introduction to the techniques required for work in computational linguistics, with a range of contemporary grammatical formalisms.
Modules and Options
The lists of modules below represent the range of options available for each year of study. This may not be a complete list of the options you will study, and may be subject to change, so please contact the department for further details.
Compulsory: COMPUTATIONAL LINGUISTICS I
Compulsory: COMPUTATIONAL LINGUISTICS II
Compulsory: PROLOG I
Core: DISSERTATION: MA
EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN AND ANALYSIS
INTRODUCTION TO HEAD-DRIVEN PHRASE STRUCTURE GRAMMAR
INTRODUCTION TO LEXICAL FUNCTIONAL GRAMMAR
MINIMALISM SYNTAX II
MINIMALIST SYNTAX I
THE MENTAL LEXICON
TOPICS IN HEAD-DRIVEN PHRASE STRUCTURE GRAMMAR
TOPICS IN LEXICAL FUNCITIONAL GRAMMAR
Teaching and Assessment Methods
A: Knowledge and Understanding
A1 : familiarity with approaches to the study of language adopted in contemporary work in CL
A2 : knowledge of key concepts, issues, ideas, theories, techniques styles of argumentation and evaluation criteria used in contemporary CL
A3 : knowledge of methods and tools employed in contemporary CL research in relation to collection, analysis and presentation of data, programming, system development and evaluation
A1-3 are addressed in lectures, as well as seminar, class and tutorial discussion. Web and instructional course materials, including library and internet materials are used to achieve A1 and 2. A3 is largely achieved through computer laborary practicals. There is also office and email consulation with staff, as well as written and oral feedback on work.
A1-3 are assessed by written coursework in the form of essays (usualy a 3000 word essay per course) and exercises. The dissertation is instrumental in the achievement of A3, being the most significant form of assessment with respect to the knowledge and understanding acquired in the taught part of the course.
B: Intellectual/Cognitive Skills
B1 : Critically evaluate contrasting theories/accounts/explanations/approaches, demonstrating an understanding of the relationship between theory and data
B2 : Abstract and synthesise information from a range of sources (lectures/seminars/classes, journals, books, internet etc.) identifying those ideas or findings which are most significant
B3 : Write programs in a high level programming language
B1 and B3 are developed in seminars, classes and tutorials. B2 is developed in directed reading of library and internet materials, as well as printed instructional course materials. B3 is developed in computer laboratory practicals. There is also office and email consulation with staff, as well as written and oral feedback on work.
B1-3 are assessed by written coursework in the form of essays (usually a 3000 word essay per course) and exercises. In its development of advanced intellectual and cognititve skills, the dissertation is central in assessing B2 and B3.
C: Practical Skills
C1 : Retrieve information from a variety of sources (e.g. Library, WWW, CD-rom)
C2 : Utilise advanced techniques and tools relevant to the collection, analysis or presentation of linguistic data, with a minimum of guidance
C3 : A wide range of Information Technology skills (e.g. ability to work in a variety of programming environments)
C4 : Propose, plan, undertake, write up and present an independent programming project or report (e.g. on research undertaken individually or in collaboration with others,), with a minimum of guidance
Throughout the scheme practical skills C1-4 are developed through computer laboratory practicals, as well as independent learning in preparation for classes, seminars, essays and presentations. In particular, these skills are mobilised in preparation for tutuorials for the disseration. Office and email consultation with staff, as well as written/oral feedback on work is provided through both the coursework and dissertation phases of the degree.
Coursework and essays play an importatn part in the assessment of all skills C1-3. It is in marking of the dissertation, however, that these skills - particular C2 and C3 - become particularly salient.
D: Key Skills
D1 : Communicating complex ideas effectively in writing, writing essays, reports and reviews using the appropriate register and style.
D2 : using appropriate computational tools and software packages to obtain, store and process information stored in electronic form (e.g. from the Library, WWW or CD-rom), and (where appropriate) to analyse data and results
D3 : Under guidance, interpreting relevant statistical information and, where required, showing familiarity with complex procedures of symbol manipulation
D4 : Analysing data-sets, abstracting generalisations and testing hypotheses, analysing problems, developing algorithms
D6 : Under guidance, working independently, demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time-management, and undertaking a self-critical programme of self-directed study
The key skills, D1, D2, D4 and D6 are taught throughout the scheme in preparation for lectures, seminars, tutorials and coursework assignments. Oral presentations in class may be used to develop skills of oral communication in parallel with D1; students are also encouraged to collaborate with others to achieve common goals e.g. in project planning, management and presentation. Seminars and tutorials are used to develop D3 and D4. There is also office and email consulation with staff, as well as written/oral feedback on work.
Coursework essays are used in the development of all key skills D1 to D4 and D6. Coursework exercises specifically develop D3 and D4. The dissertation constitutes an overall assessment of these skills in judging communication, problem solving and independent learning.