Foundations of Computational Linguistics: Human-Computer Communication in Natural Language / Edition 2

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The central task of a future-oriented computational linguistics is the development of cognitive machines which humans can freely talk with in their respective natural language. In the long run, this task will ensure the development of a functional theory of language, an objective method of verification,and a wide range of practical applications.
Natural communication requires not only verbal processing, but also non-verbal perception and action. Therefore the content of this textbook is organized as a theory of language for the construction of talking robots. The main topic is the mechanism of natural language communication in both the speaker and the hearer. The book contains more than 700 exercises for reviewing key ideas and important problems.
In the 2nd edition, Chapters 22-24 have been completely rewritten. They present a declarative outline for programming the semantic and pragmatic interpretation of natural language communication.
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"Hausser sets out a detailed case for the view that all aspects of language … are strictly ‘time-linear’, that is, reflect a radical processing in real time, a view which, if it can be sustained, involves a radical shift in our concepts of language. … Hausser provides a clear and devastating critique of orthodox constituent-based phrase structure grammar … . The book is presented as a textbook with exercises checking comprehension at the end of each chapter … . Overall then, the book is provocative … ." (Ruth Kempson, Journal of Linguistics, Vol. 37, 2001)

"'Foundations of Computational Linguistics' should interest language philosophers, theoretical linguists and computational linguists alike. … 'Foundations of Computational Linguistics' presents both a state of the art and the author’s own theory, which contains a lot of important innovations. … Hausser’s requirements in computational linguistics are ambitious but, as he shows (and this is surely one of the great merits of the book), not unrealistic. … We highly recommend this book, which is an important and very rewarding book indeed." (Paul Gochet and Michel Kefer, Revue Internationale de Philosophie, Vol. 3 (221), 2002)

"The book presents in a unified way a complete theory of natural language and its ‘implementations’ in terms of the robot Curious. But also for readers interested in a broader view of computational linguistics, studying the book may be worthwhile since the author always compares his particular approach to other more familiar theories from the literature." (Heribert Vollmer, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 984, 2002)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783642076268
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 3/31/2014
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 2nd ed. 2001
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 578

Meet the Author

Roland Hausser was Professor for Linguistische Informatik at the University Erlangen-Nürnberg and director of its Laboratory of Computational Linguistics Uni Erlangen (CLUE). Among his other publications are the books "A Computational Model of Natural Language Communication" and "Computational Linguistics and Talking Robots".

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Table of Contents

I. Theory of Language: 1. Computational language analysis. 2. Technology and grammar. 3. Cognitive foundations of semantics. 4. Language communication. 5. Using language signs on suitable contexts. 6. Structure and functioning of signs.-
II. Theory of Grammar: 7. Generative grammar. 8. Language hierarchies and complexity. 9. Basic notions of parsing. 10. Left-associative grammar (LAG). 11. Hierarchy of LA-grammar. 12. LA- and PS-hierarchies in comparison.-
III. Morphology and Syntax: 13. Words and morphemes. 14. Word form recognition in LA-Morph. 15. Corpus analysis. 16. Basic concepts of syntax. 17. LA-syntax for English. 18. LA-syntax for German.-
IV. Semantics and Pragmatics: 19. Three system types of semantics. 20. Truth, meaning, and ontology. 21. Absolute and contingent propositions. 22. Database semantics. 23. Structure and functions of a SLIM machine. 24. A formal fragment of natural language.-
Schematic summary.-
Appendix A-C.-
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