Computational Semantics with Functional Programming

Computational Semantics with Functional Programming

by Jan van Eijck, Christina Unger
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521757606

ISBN-13: 9780521757607

Pub. Date: 10/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Computational semantics is the art and science of computing meaning in natural language. The meaning of a sentence is derived from the meanings of the individual words in it, and this process can be made so precise that it can be implemented on a computer. Designed for students of linguistics, computer science, logic and philosophy, this comprehensive text shows

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Computational semantics is the art and science of computing meaning in natural language. The meaning of a sentence is derived from the meanings of the individual words in it, and this process can be made so precise that it can be implemented on a computer. Designed for students of linguistics, computer science, logic and philosophy, this comprehensive text shows how to compute meaning using the functional programming language Haskell. It deals with both denotational meaning (where meaning comes from knowing the conditions of truth in situations), and operational meaning (where meaning is an instruction for performing cognitive action). Including a discussion of recent developments in logic, it will be invaluable to linguistics students wanting to apply logic to their studies, logic students wishing to learn how their subject can be applied to linguistics, and functional programmers interested in natural language processing as a new application area.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521757607
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
418
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. Formal study of natural language; 2. Lambda calculus, types and functional programming; 3. Functional programming with Haskell; 4. Formal syntax for fragments; 5. Formal semantics for fragments; 6. Model checking with predicate logic; 7. The composition of meaning in natural language; 8. Extension and intension; 9. Parsing; 10. Handling relations and scoping; 11. Continuation passing style semantics; 12. Discourse representation and context; 13. Communication as informative action.

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