University of Toronto, Department of Computer Science

Computer Science 2501 / 485
Computational Linguistics
Fall 2014

Instructor: Graeme Hirst.
E-mail:, replacing HisTwoInitials with his two initials, and with the string "2501" or "485" in the subject line.

Teaching assistants:
Aida Nematzadeh; e-mail:, replacing HerID with aida, and with the string "2501" or "485" in the subject line.
Sean Robertson; e-mail:, replacing HisID with sdrobert, and with the string "2501" or "485" in the subject line.

Course bulletin board: You may use the course bulletin board for discussions of the course and (in general terms) the assignments. The instructor and TAs will check it regularly, but can't promise to answer all questions, nor to respond rapidly. The board may also be used for course announcements.


If you are an undergrad, register for CSC 485; if you are a grad student, register for CSC 2501. But it's the same course either way.

Course meetings are Wednesdays 1300 to 1500 and Thursdays 1600 to 1700 in BA 1200. Class meetings will be lectures, tutorials, or combinations of both, as necessary. The course begins on Wednesday 10 Sept 2014.

Suggested reading before the first class: Chapter 1 of Jurafsky and Martin and chapter 1 of Bird, Klein, and Loper.


Strongly recommended: Jurafsky, Daniel, and Martin, James H. Speech and Language Processing, 2nd edition, 2009. Available in paper and e-book versions (for the latter visit CourseSmart and search for Jurafsky).

Strongly recommended: Bird, Steven; Klein, Ewan, Loper, Edward. Natural Language Processing with Python, O'Reilly, 2009. Free HTML version.

Possibly helpful: Mertz, David. Text Processing in Python. Addison-Wesley, 2003. Free ascii version.

Optional: Allen, James. Natural Language Understanding, 2nd Edition. Benjamin/Cummings, 1995.

Last modified, 8 Sept 2014. Comments, complaints, compliments, and reports of broken links to Graeme Hirst at the address above.