Exploration on Language, Knowledge, and Reasoning

Lectures: M/W 1:30pm-2:50pm @ CSE2 271


Instructor: Yejin Choi

Office: Allen 578

Office hours: Monday 3:00pm-3:45pm

Email: [email protected]


TA: Liwei Jiang

Office: Allen 602

Office hours: Monday 12:30pm-1:15pm

Email: [email protected]


TA: Alisa Liu

Office: Allen 410

Office hours: Friday 2-2:45pm

Email: [email protected]

⚗️ Course Description

In this class, we will read and discuss literature on language, knowledge, and reasoning. The objective of this class is for you to (learn to) read a lot, ask thorny questions, identify blind spots in the existing literature, and synthesize new ideas.

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🚨 Announcement

<aside> 📢 Here's a shared Google Drive folder for you to add/upload your in-class role-play presentation slide decks.


<aside> 📢 Here’s the assignment for role-play presentations! The exact papers to present for each class will be announced in the schedule section throughout the quarter. Please contact the teaching crew if you have any questions about the role assignment!


⭐️ Topics this class will investigate

Do neural language models understand language?

<aside> 💭 Related research questions: What does it mean to understand language? Can models learn language without embodiment? Can we (even) separate the form and meaning? Does it matter if language models do or don’t?