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Natural language processing

Master's level | 15 credits | Course code: LT2003
Autumn 2020
100% Day
Period: 3 November 2020 - 17 January 2021
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

About the Course

This course gives a theoretical view of problems encountered within Natural Language Processing and some solutions.

Students will gain practical experience in programming while solving these problems. The programming language used in the course LT2111 (Introduction to programming) will also be used in this course together with standard NLP libraries.

The course is divided into four main topics: one covering basic concepts and three covering subfields of NLP – words, syntax and semantics/pragmatics.

1. Basic concepts:

  • Basic concepts in NLP.
  • Automata theory and mathematical linguistics.
  • Probability theory and machine learning.
  • Evaluation measurement, correctness, precision, and recall.

2. Words:

  • Corpora and corpus annotation.
  • Finite-state methods for segmentation and morphological analysis.
  • Statistical language modeling with n-gram markov models.

3. Syntax:

  • Part-of-speech tagging and chunking/partial parsing, making use of methods within machine learning or/and finite-state technology.
  • Common formal grammars, such as feature based and probabilistic context-free grammars.
  • Syntactic parsing.

4. Semantics and Pragmatics:

  • Lexical semantics, lexica, Wordnet and FrameNet.
  • Word sense disambiguation with machine learning.
  • Text classification with machine learning.

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: Students with an undergraduate degree (at least three year full-time study) in:

  •    language technology, computational linguistics or computer science,
  • linguistics (with at least 30 credits, corresponding to half a year full-time study, in formal linguistics or programming),
  • adjacent subjects, e.g. cognitive science, languages, philosophy or mathematics can also be considered, provided that the student can show a background in either programming or formal linguistics corresponding to 30 credits, half a year full-time study, or
  • a certificate from their department that they have assessed their qualifications to be equivalent.
To provide the requirement in English by an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS, the English proficiency should be equivalent to the level of English 5/English Course A from Swedish Upper Secondary School.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full course cost: 33 500 SEK
First payment: 33 500 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Madelaine Miller, +46 31-786 5086,


Department of Philosophy, Linguistics, Theory of Science
Box 200
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Renströmsgatan 6

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