2019 Graduate Lecture in Cognition, Mathematics and Information F1A

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Graduate major in Social and Human Sciences
Yamamoto Hilofumi 
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Course description and aims

The main topic of this course is "discrete structures." We will deal with the basic concepts and applications of discrete structures through discussions, group work, lectures, and exercises. By providing students with definitions, examples, and analysis methods for "graphs," "combinatorial analysis," "algebraic systems," "formal languages," "ordered sets," "propositional calculus," and "Boolean algebra," students will hone the skills to represent and analyze discrete structures mathematically.

The purpose of this course is for students to hone the skills to select the appropriate discrete structure for representing and analyzing a given object, representing the object as a distinct structure, analyzing the structure to derive results and concisely communicate with others the results of analyzing structures.

Student learning outcomes

Learn the following abilities by taking this lecture.
1) You can read essential literature papers.
2) You can search for a good paper of linguistics and read by yourself.
3) One language modeling method can be used.
4) It is possible to calculate and consider the basic unit of the language.


Linguistics, psycholinguistics, psychology experiment, mathematical analysis, modeling, experimental design, statistical processing, language processing

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

We will read only one paper in 8 classes, but each section contains essential things.

You will learn each part of paper consisting such as title, headline, chart, figure caption, literature, introduction, conclusion, method, result, and discussion.
Imagine the whole of the information read from the chart.
Read the title of each document and imagine what area it is.
We will read a description of objectives in the introduction, and guess which area of ​​linguistics is related.
We will outline the basic contents and prepare areas which we will encounter in grammar, vocabulary, voice, dialect, language change, etc. of linguistics.
We will learn the contents on phonetics/phonology and think about contrastive linguistics.
We will read the contents in conclusion, and we will understand what extent we were able to achieve the purpose.
We will reproduce the procedure written in the method.
We will examine the statistical method written in the result and consider whether it is appropriate usage.
We will examine how many contents a paper includes in the discussion part and what the author of the paper addresses while looking for other literature.
We will prepare each exercise according to the discussion paper.
As a final report, we will introduce an excellent paper which we have been seeking.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 How to read a dissertation. Find a paper similar to a theme.
Class 2 Outline of linguistics. Read the title of the document and imagine what kind of thesis it is.
Class 3 Phonetics and phonology, contrast linguistics. Describe the phonological features of vowel/consonant.
Class 4 The methodology of language analysis Describe the type of methodology of language analysis.
Class 5 The exercise of statistic analysis for language. Create an exercise using statistical methods used in linguistics.
Class 6 Language statistics analysis exercise. State the definitions of algebraic systems
Class 7 Describing discussion, and significance of language research. Read the description of the discussion and address the significance of language research.
Class 8 How to write the final report As a final report, introduce a good article you have been seeking


The Study of Language 6th Edition Author: George Yule, University of Hawaii, Manoa ISBN: 9781316606759

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are posted on OCW-i and/or provided during the classes.

Assessment criteria and methods

Assessment will be based on “summary reports” written during each class (50% in total) and the final examination (50%).

Related courses

  • SHS.M442 : Graduate Lecture in Cognition, Mathematics and Information S1B
  • SHS.M444 : Graduate Lecture in Cognition, Mathematics and Information F1B
  • SHS.M461 : Graduate Methodologies in Cognition, Mathematics and Information S1
  • SHS.L411 : Trans-disciplinary Exercise in Social and Human Sciences S1A
  • SHS.L412 : Trans-disciplinary Exercise in Social and Human Sciences S1B

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students must have knowledge of the fundamental of linguistics or attend Linguistics A/B opened as undergraduate subjects.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Hilofumi Yamamoto, yamagen[at]ila.titech.ac.jp

Office hours

Professor’s office: Rm. 207, 2nd Floor., West Bldg. 1. Contact by email in advance to schedule an appointment.


The lecture is in English.
Students must speak English.

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