Paul Hagstrom

Associate Professor of Linguistics
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Paul Hagstrom
Office phone: 617-353-6220
Fax: 617-358-4641
Office number: Linguistics 105
Office address: Linguistics Department, 621 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Office link:
Office hours: Spring 2021: M 3-4, T 11-12, R 5-6

BA, Physics and Mathematics, Carleton College
PhD, Linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor Hagstrom's research interests are in syntax, semantics, and language acquisition.


Spring 2021

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 394

Introduction to Programming for Computational Linguistics

web A1 Hagstrom TR 12:30-1:45 NIP (remote)
Introduction to computational techniques to explore linguistic models and test empirical claims. Serves as an introduction to programming, algorithms, and data structures, focused on modern applications to NLP. Topics include tagging and classification, parsing models, meaning representation, and information extraction.

Note: Intended for students with no background in computer programming. Cannot be taken concurrently with or after CAS CS 111. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 or consent of instructor]
[Meets with GRS LX 694; Also offered as MET LX 594]
  • Carries divisional credit for Math and Computer Science in CAS.
  • This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas:
    • Quantitative Reasoning II
    • Research & Information Literacy

CAS LX 422

Intermediate Syntax: Modeling Syntactic Knowledge

web A1 Hagstrom TR 3:30-4:45 NIP (remote)
LX724A1 Hagstrom M 2:30-3:20 NIP (remote)
Using linguistic data drawn from a wide variety of languages, students develop a precise model of syntactic knowledge through evaluation of hypotheses and arguments. Exploration of major discoveries and phenomena from the linguistic literature. [Prereq: CAS LX 321 / GRS LX 621 Syntax: Introduction to Sentential Structure (or CAS LX 522) or consent of instructor.]
[Meets with GRS LX 722]
  • Graduate students registering for LX722 are required also to register for the discussion section LX724.