Erasmus Mundus Master in Language
and Communication Technologies (LCT)



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Language & communication technologies

University of the Basque Country

Computational Semantics and Pragmatics


The course will address the following topics: i) An introduction to the semantic interpretation including computational semantics and pragmatics. The objective of this first part of the course is to present the basic concepts about semantics that cover all topics related to the relationship between lexical, syntax and semantics, formal representation of the meaning of a sentence, computational approaches to formal semantics, essential resources necessary for the computational treatment of semantics. ii) Logical formalisms and logic programming (Prolog) iii) computational semantics including lexical semantics, lexical resources (i.e. WordNet), commonsense knowledge, reasoning, compositional and non compositional meaning, Definite Clause Grammars, Dialog, etc. iv) computational pragmatics and discourse including a) the study of theories that formalize the rhetorical structure of a text (i.e. RST), b) the problem of co-referencing and the identification of co-referencing chains and c) modeling of speech acts in dialogue.

  1. Introduction to semantics and computational pragmatics
  2. Introduction to logical formalisms and logic programming
  3. Computational Semantics
  4. Computational Pragmatics and discourse

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