LINGUIST List 11.1748

Mon Aug 14 2000

Books: Computational Ling, Psycholinguistics

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  1. Joyce Reid, Computational Lingu: Building Natural Language Generation Systems
  2. Joyce Reid, Computational Ling/Psycholing: Architectures & Mechanisms for NLP

Message 1: Computational Lingu: Building Natural Language Generation Systems

Date: 11 Aug 00 11:47:28 +0800
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Computational Lingu: Building Natural Language Generation Systems

Building Natural Language Generation Systems
Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen
Robert Dale, Macquarie University, Sydney

This book explains how to build Natural Language Generation (NLG)
systems--computer software systems that automatically generate
understandable texts in English or other human languages. NLG systems
use knowledge about language and the application domain to
automatically produce documents, reports, explanations, help messages,
and other kinds of texts. The book covers the algorithms and
representations needed to perform the core tasks of document planning,
microplanning, and surface realization, using a case study to show how
these components fit together. It is essential reading for
researchersinterested in NLP, AI, and HCI; and for developers
interested in advanced document-creation technology.

Table of Contents:

1; Introduction; 2; NLG in Practice; 3; Architecture; 4; Document
Planning; 5; Microplanning; 6; Surface Realisation; 7; Beyond Text
Generation; A; NLG Systems Mentioned in this Book

Studies in Natural Language Processing

2000/270 pp./128 line diagrams
0-521-62036-8/Hb/List: $59.95 Disc.: $47.96

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Message 2: Computational Ling/Psycholing: Architectures & Mechanisms for NLP

Date: 11 Aug 00 12:38:20 +0800
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Computational Ling/Psycholing: Architectures & Mechanisms for NLP

Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing

Matthew W. Crocker, University of Edinburgh
Martin Pickering, University of Glasgow
Charles Clifton, Jr., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

The architectures and mechanisms underlying language processing form
one important part of the general structure of cognition. This book,
written by leading experts in the field, brings together linguistic,
psychological, and computational perspectives on some of the
fundamental issues. Several general introductory chapters offer
overviews on important psycholinguistic research frameworks and
highlight both shared assumptions and controversial issues.Subsequent
chapters explore syntactic and lexical mechanisms, the interaction of
syntax and semantics in language understanding, and the implications
for cognitive architecture.


Martin Pickering, Charles Clifton, Jr., Matthew W. Crocker, Richard
Lewis, Michael K. Tanenhaus, Michael J. Spivey-Knowlton, Joy E. Hanna,
Gerry T. M. Altmann, Steffan Corley, Paola Merlo, Suzanne Stevenson,
James Henderson, Colin Brown, Peter Hagoort, Matthew J. Traxler,
Barbara Hemforth, Lars Konieczny, Christoph Scheepers, Marica De
Vincenzi, Lyn Frazier, Linda M. Moxey, Anthony J. Sanford, Amit Almor

Table of Contents:

1. Architectures and Mechanisms in Sentence Comprehension Martin
Pickering, Charles Clifton, Jr. and Matthew W. Crocker; I. FRAMEWORKS;
2. Evaluating Models of Human Sentence Processing Charles Clifton, Jr;
3. Specifying Architectures for Language Processing: Process, Control,
and Memory in Parsing and Interpretation Richard Lewis; 4. Modeling
Thematic and Discourse Context Effects with a Multiple Constraints
Approach: Implications for the Architecture of the Language
Comprehension System Michael K. Tanenhaus, Michael J. Spivey-Knowlton,
and Joy E. Hanna; 5. Late Closure in Context: Some Consequences for
6. The Modular Statistical Hypothesis: Exploring Lexical Ambiguity
Steffan Corley and Matthew W. Crocker; 7. Lexical Syntax and Parsing
Architecture Paola Merlo and Suzanne Stevenson; 8. Constituency,
Context, and Connectionism in Syntactic Parsing James Henderson;
III. SYNTAX AND SEMANTICS; 9. On the Electrophysiology of Language
Comprehension: Implications for the Human Language System Colin Brown
and Peter Hagoort; 10. Parsing and Incremental Understanding During
Reading Martin J. Pickering and Matthew J. Traxler; 11. Syntactic
Attachment and Anaphor Resolution: The Two Sides of Relative Clause
Attachment Barbara Hemforth, Lars Konieczny and Christoph Scheepers;
12. Cross-linguistic Psycholinguistics Marica De Vincenzi;
IV. INTERPRETATION; 13. On Interpretation: Minimal 'Lowering' Lyn
Frazier; 14. Focus Effects Associated with Negative Quantifiers Linda
M. Moxey and Anthony J. Sanford; 15. Contraints and Mechanisms in
Theories of Anaphor Processing Amit Almor

1999/375 pp./60 line diagrams/13 tables
0-521-63121-1/Hb/List: $64.95 Disc.: $51.96

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