LINGUIST List 10.784

Thu May 20 1999

Books: Reading

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  1. Jud Wolfskill, Understanding Language Understanding

Message 1: Understanding Language Understanding

Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 16:52:19 -0400
From: Jud Wolfskill <wolfskilMIT.EDU>
Subject: Understanding Language Understanding

The following is a book which readers of this list might find of
interest. For more information please visit

Understanding Language Understanding

Computational Models of Reading

edited by Ashwin Ram and Kenneth Moorman

This book highlights cutting-edge research relevant to the building of
a computational model of reading comprehension, as in the processing
and understanding of a natural language text or story. A distinguishing
feature of the book is its emphasis on "real" understanding of "real"
narrative texts rather than on syntactic parsing of single sentences
taken out of context or on limited understanding of small,
researcher-constructed stories.

The book takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of reading,
with contributions from computer science, psychology, and philosophy.
Contributors cover the theoretical and psychological foundations of the
research in discussions of what it means to understand a text, how one
builds a computational model, and related issues in knowledge
representation and reasoning. The book also addresses some of the
broader issues that a natural language system must deal with, such as
reading in context, linguistic novelty, and information extraction.

Ashwin Ram is Associate Professor at the College of Computing, Georgia
Institute of Technology, Atlanta. Kenneth Moorman is Assistant
Professor of Computer Science at Translyvania University, Lexington,


Dorrit Billman, Michael T. Cox, Eric Domeshek, Kurt Eiselt, Charles R.
Fletcher, Richard Gerrig, Jennifer Holbrook, Eric Jones, Trent Lange,
Mark Langston, Joe Magliano, Kavi Mahesh, Bonnie J. F. Meyer, Justin
Peterson, William J. Rapaport, Ellen Riloff, Stuart C. Shapiro, Tom
Trabasso, Charles M. Wharton.

7 x 9, 524 pp., 111 illus., cloth ISBN 0-262-18192-4

A Bradford Book

Language, Speech, and Communication series


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