The purpose of this course is to introduce advanced students to scalable software architectures for natural language processing, in order to facilitate the move from toy examples in a few select languages to real data as it is produced by a multilingual and multicultural society. The course is split roughly in two: Part one gives an introduction to UIMA and its usage for a broad range of standard NLP tasks, and is accompanied by practical exercises covering interesting phenomena in many languages. In the second application-oriented part, we provide an introduction to the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) which has been very popular for building large web applications. In this part, students will pick a project for a multilingual application. Creative ideas are very welcome, but we are also happy to provide project ideas from our areas of interest, such as modeling learner language, localisation, translation memories and quality control, multilingual news aggregation, and derivational typology.

This course provides an introduction to the sounds of Mandarin Chinese. Each week, we will read a paper about the production or perception of consonants, vowels, or tones in Mandarin Chinese. The knowledge gained through this part of the course will be complemented with hands-on experience by listening to (perception) and pronouncing (production) Chinese words. Previous knowledge of phonetics/phonology or Mandarin Chinese is not required for this course. Paper presentation and assignments are required; however, there is no mid-term or final exam. The course grade is based on the quality of a final paper.

Psycholinguistics uses a wide range of techniques to uncover the mental processes and representations through which humans produce and understand
language. This course provides an overview of experimental methods in psycholinguistics. Students will gather hands-on experience with experimental research by participating in experiments on the German language in the lab. It is required for students to read a textbook, which will be assigned in class, about psycholinguistics and write a short summary for each chapter. Participating in the experiments and handing in summaries for the book chapters are required, but not graded. The course grade will be based on the quality of a final paper.