Proseminar: Computational Pragmatics (Winter 2019/2020)

Time & Location: Mo 12:15 – 13:45 in C7.3 Seminarraum 1.12
Teacher: Dr Volha Petukhova

All slides and exercises are available (see below)


Suitable for: Bachelor CoLi

We plan to hold the first introduction & planning meeting on the 21st of October where topics and related material (e.g. papers) will be discussed. After two weeks independent work each student (or group) will give a presentation on a selected topic (30 minutes + 10 minutes questions) followed by a practical hands-on exercise. At the end of the course, each student has to prepare a short report (about 10 pages) and hand it for grading.

Grading: 40% based on the talk, 20% based on discussion participation and assignments; 40% based on the report


1.Situating Computational Pragmatics (Introduction 21.10.2019)

Basic reading:

2. Dialogue Interaction and Conversational Analysis (11.11.2019)

Exercises: PDF

3. Activity-Based Approach to Pragmatics (18.11.2019)

4. Dialogue Acts and Context (25.11.2019)

Annotation exercise: Excel
Solution: Excel

5. Feedback and Grounding (02.12.2019)

Exercises: PDF

6.Computational Dialogue Models (09.12., 16.12.2019 & 06.01.2020 )

Overview presentation: PDF

Exercises: Part 1
Exercises: Part 2

7. Standards and Resources for Data-Driven Dialogue Modelling (13.01)

Presentation: PDF

8. Machine Learning in Dialogue Modelling: Dialogue Act Recognition (20.01)

Introduction to DA recognition (presentation): PDF

Exercises: dataset to experiment with Weka: ZIP

9. Machine Learning in Dialogue Modelling: Statistical and Neural Models (27.01)

Term paper guidelines: PDF

LaTeX template for term papers (zip)
11-point checklist for term papers (pdf)

For any questions, please send an email to:
Use subject tag: [CP_19/20]