Language Processing in Humans and Machines

Not offered this year
Offered occasionally, last taught:

Spring 2022

Understanding language requires transforming sequences of sounds into words, combining words into meaningful thoughts, and incorporating thoughts into an ongoing discourse. Psychologists and linguists have been trying to reverse-engineer how humans do this so easily, at the speed of conversation. In parallel, computer scientists have been trying to engineer machines to solve the same problems, leading to products like Siri and Alexa. This class will explore how these two kinds of research can help each other, bringing recent insights from machine learning into the study of human language processing, and insights from human processing into the architectures of machine language systems. For CS students: Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Computational Linguistics (or comparable experience). For CLPS students: At least one of CLPS 0200, 0300, 0800, or 1800