Syllabus for Natural Language Processing



  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 5LN710
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Language Technology A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2012-03-16
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2020-04-17
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Autumn 2020
  • Entry requirements:

    A Bachelor's degree and (1) 60 credits in language technology/computational linguistics, or (2) 60 credits in computer science, or (3) 60 credits in a language subject, 15 credits in computer programming and 7.5 credits in logic/discrete mathematics. Proficiency in English equivalent to the general entry requirements for first-cycle (Bachelor's level) studies.

  • Responsible department: Department of Linguistics and Philology

Decisions and guidelines

The course is given within the Master's Programme in Language Technology and as a freestanding course.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, to earn the grade Pass the student should at least be able to:

  • account for which products, services and technologies are typical for the field of language technology and at a general level account for the technology behind some important systems and account for the performance and commercial importance of these system;
  • account for important methodological considerations behind collection, selection and use of linguistic data in language technology;
  • apply and account for basic probability theory and principles of statistical inference on such data;
  • account for and apply statistical language models and different methods for regularisation;
  • implement simple statistical models of classification and annotation of symbol sequences particularly in system for morphological analysis and tagging of natural language, and evaluate such systems;
  • account for and implement algorithms for syntactic parsing and disambiguation and adapt and evaluate such systems for selected languages;
  • account for and implement language technology methods that capture and/or classify the contents of natural language text, and account for how such systems can be evaluated;
  • present the results of these kinds of language technology tasks in a professionally adequate way both orally and in writing.


The teaching is given as lectures and laboratory sessions under supervision.


Examination takes place through oral and written presentation of assignments. The teacher can as part of the examination require compulsory attendance and active participation. Details about the examination are provided at the start of the course.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2020

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Jurafsky, Dan; Martin, James H. Speech and language processing : an introduction to natural language processing, computational linguistics and speech recognition

    2. ed.: Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Education International/Prentice Hall, cop. 2009

    Find in the library


  • Kübler, Sandra; McDonald, Ryan; Nivre, Joakim Dependency parsing

    San Rafael, Calif.: Morgan & Claypool, 2009

    Find in the library

Last modified: 2022-04-26