SEL2211: Contexts

Teaching schedule

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The content of this module is divided into three main sections:

  • The first gives an overview of the module content, introduces the history and philosophy of science, identifies and discusses sciences related to the study of language, and finally focuses on linguistic science in particular.

  • The second outlines the application of linguistic science to language technology.

  • The third consists of two mini-modules after Easter, one on the Philosophy of AI and Language, and one on computer programming with an eye towards natural language and AI applications. These mini-modules will allow you to delve deeper into the content of either the first or the second half of the module, and perhaps come to grips with it in a more personal (and perhaps practical) way. You will sign up for one of these two mini-modules, and then we will discuss the content of them in the seminars after Easter, and in the Turing Challenge assessment.

The following table summarizes the teaching schedule for the module.

  • The "lectures" are actually dialogues/trialogues between Joel, Geoff, and Rachael, taking the material posted below the dialogue titles as a starting point, and expanding upon it. The material below the titles discusses the major points of each dialogue, and is intended as background reading for you to read before each lecture, formatted as Web documents and/or slides (e.g. pdf, or Powerpoint presentations); take your pick. The background reading and dialogues are supplemented by readings given at the end of each outline on the other.

  • There are also "Beats" posted under each dialogue title: these are points that Geoff, Joel, and Rachael hope to cover during the dialogue. They are advanced topics, building on the background material, but going beyond it, and will be addressed in an organic way during the dialogue (we hope).



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    Again, note that lectures are, in fact, usually going to be dialogues/trialogues between Joel and Geoff and Rachael. As such, you can expect them to go far beyond the posted material (whether we intend to or not). And we WILL ASSUME YOU HAVE READ the posted material when we give the dialogues. And we will assume you will take notes on these dialogue-lectures.
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  • Each seminar link points to possible topics for discussion in that seminar. The assumption is that those participating in the seminar have attended the week's dialogues and have done the prescribed reading.

Main Module: Language Science and Language Technology

Week Dialogue 1 Dialogue 2 Film/Dialogue 3
1

(Beginning of Part I)
Introduction and Plato

 Philosophy of Mind My Dinner With Andre (1h 52), and discussion, and...

Overspill Dialogue
2 History and philosophy of science Neuroscience The Matrix (2h 30), and...
discussion

(Note: the film contains violence. For more info, see IMDB's content advisories. You may also generally want to look at Unconsenting Media, which provides content advisories and statistics on sexual assault on screen.)
3 Computer Science The Computational Theory of Mind Blade Runner (2h), and...
discussion

(Note: the film contains violence and a depiction of sexual assault. For more info, IMDB's content advisories and Unconsenting Media, which provides content advisories and statistics on sexual assault on screen.)
4 Cognitive Science Generative grammar and cognitive science Solaris [2002] (1h 40), and discussion, and...

(Note: the film includes violence, depictions of suicide, and a man briefly grabbing a woman in anger. For more info, IMDB's content advisories.)
...

Overspill Dialogue
5 Language variation and change Language change, acquisition, and Overspill Ex Machina (1h 50), and discussion, and...

(Note: Ex Machina contains violence, nudity, and tech dudes discussing sex in a sexist manner, as they often do. For more info, see IMDB's content advisories and you may generally want to look at Unconsenting Media, which provides content advisories and statistics on sexual assault on screen.)
...

Overspill Dialogue
6 (Beginning of Part II)
Literacy and its implications
The Development of Language Technology Digital electronic language technology and the internet
7 Information science Artificial Intelligence 2001: A Space Odyssey (2h 45), and discussion...

(Note: the film contains violence. For more info, see IMDB's content advisories.)
8 Debriefing and Intro to Mini-Modules:
Essay Consultation and Mini-Module Sign Up Essay Consultation and Mini-Module Sign Up
9 Essay Consultation and Mini-Module Sign Up Essay Consultation and Mini-Module Sign Up Essay Consultation and Mini-Module Sign Up

Part III, Post-Easter:
Mini-modules: Philosophy of AI and Computer Programming

10 ESSAYS DUE AT 3PM TODAY

(Beginning of Mini-modules)
Philosophy: Percy Building G.13
Coding: Barbara Strang Chart Cluster
BSTC.2.40.PC

Coding Handout
Philosophy: Percy Building G.13
Coding: Barbara Strang CHART Cluster (3rd floor)
BSTC.2.40.PC
Philosophy: BSTC.2.51
Coding: Barbara Strang CHART Cluster (3rd floor)
BSTC.CHART.PC
11 Philosophy: Percy Building G.13
Coding: Barbara Strang CHART Cluster (3rd floor)
BSTC.2.40.PC

Coding Handout
Philosophy: Percy Building G.13
Coding: Barbara Strang CHART Cluster (3rd floor)
BSTC.2.40.PC
Philosophy: BSTC.2.51
Coding: Barbara Strang CHART Cluster (3rd floor)
BSTC.CHART.PC

Coding Handout
12 Philosophy: Percy Building G.13
Coding: Barbara Strang CHART Cluster (3rd floor)
BSTC.2.40.PC
Philosophy: Percy Building G.13
Coding: Barbara Strang CHART Cluster (3rd floor)
BSTC.2.40.PC

Coding Handout
Philosophy: BSTC.2.51
Coding: Barbara Strang CHART Cluster (3rd floor)
BSTC.CHART.PC
XX Philosophy: Percy Building G.13
Coding: Barbara Strang CHART Cluster (3rd floor)
BSTC.2.40.PC (2.33)
Philosophy: Percy Building G.13
Coding: Barbara Strang CHART Cluster (3rd floor)
BSTC.2.40.PC
Philosophy: BSTC.2.51
Coding: Barbara Strang CHART Cluster (3rd floor)
BSTC.CHART.PC

The Turing Challenge:

Exam Period Turing Challenge Turing Challenge Turing Challenge