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This collection of papers is dedicated to Don Walker, a kind, gentle soul, and a man of intelligence and vision whom we have been privileged to know and to work with. The technical content of these papers clearly reflects his guidance and direction; his understanding of the relevance of the theories from related disciplines such as linguistics, psychology, and philosophy; and his dream of the future availability of electronic documents and the potential of this as a resource for corpus-based analysis. This led to one of his most interdisciplinary roles as a primary mover in the push to standardize the acquisition and tagging of electronic text, an endeavour that brought together people from fields as distinct as publishing, the humanities and computer science. His widespread interests are mirrored in the rich and diverse collection of papers in this volume which portray many different approaches and many different styles. These papers co-exist in harmony here, united by the goal of paying tribute to Don as well as actualizing part of his dream.
Introduction. Donald Walker: a Remembrance. Section 1: The Task of Natural Language Processing. Natural Language Processing: an Historical Review; K. Sparck Jones. On Getting a Computer to Listen; J. Robinson. Utterance and Objective: Issues in Natural Language Communication; B. Grosz. On the Proper Place of Semantics in Machine Translation; M. King. Developing a Natural Language Interface to Complex Data; G.G. Hendrix, E.D. Sacerdoti. User-Needs Analysis and Design Methodology for an Automated Document Generator; K. Kukich, K. McKeown, J. Shaw, J. Robin, J. Lim, N. Morgan, J. Philips. Section 2: Building Computational Lexicons. Machine-Readable Dictionaries and Computational Linguistics Research; B. Boguraev. Research Toward the Development of a Lexical Knowledge Base for Natural Language Processing; R.A. Amsler. Discovering Relationships Among Word Senses; R.J. Byrd. Machine Readable Dictionary as a Source of Grammatical Information; E. Hajicová, A. Rosen. The ITT Lexical Database: Dream and Reality; S. Pin-Ngern Conlon. Visions of the Digital Library: Views on Using Computational Linguistics and Semantic Nets in Information Retrieval; J.L. Klavans. Anatomy of a Verb Entry: from Linguistic Theory to Lexicographic Practice; B.T. Atkins, J. Kegl, B. Levin. Issues for Lexicon Building; N. Calzolari. Outline of a Model for Lexical Databases; N. Ide, J. le Maitre, J. Véronts. Construction-Based MT Lexicons; L. Levin, S. Nirenburg. Dependency-Based Grammatical Information in the Lexicon; P. Sgall. Semantics in the Brain's Lexicon — Some Preliminary Remarks on its Epistemology; H. Schnelle. Section 3: The Acquisition and Use of Large Corpora. The Ecology of Language; D.E. Walker. Representativeness in Corpus Design; D. Biber. The Text Encoding Initiative; C.M. Sperberg-McQueen. Discrimination Decisions for 100,000 Dimensional; W.A. Gale, K.W. Church, D. Yarowsky. Acquisition and Exploitation of Textual Resources for NLP; S. Armstrong-Warwick. The Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities; S. Hockey. Design Principles for Electronic Textual Resources: Investigating Users and Uses of Scholarly Information; N.J. Belkin. Section 4: Topics, Methods and Formalisms in Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics. Evaluating English Sentences in a Logical Model; J. Friedman, D.B. Moran, D.S. Warren. Recovering Implicit Information; M.S. Palmer, D.A. Dahl, R.J. Schiffman, L. Hirschman, M. Linebarger, J. Downing. Flexible Generation: Taking the User into Account; C.L. Paris, V.O. Mittal. Two Principles of Parse Preference; J.R. Hobbs, J. Bear. UD, yet Another Unification Device; R. Johnson, M. Rosner. Varieties of Heuristics in Sentence Parsing; M. Nagao. Some Recent Trends in Natural Language Processing; A.K. Joshi. Stone Soup and the French Room; Y. Wilks.
Posted June 17, 2013