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Books: Text/Corpus Linguistics: Geoff Barnbrook

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  1. paul, Defining Language: Geoff Barnbrook

Message 1: Defining Language: Geoff Barnbrook

Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 14:40:39 +0000
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Subject: Defining Language: Geoff Barnbrook

Title: Defining Language
Subtitle: A local grammar of definition sentences
Series Title: Studies in Corpus Linguistics 11
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins,		 
Book URL:
Author: Geoff Barnbrook, University of Birmingham 
Hardback: ISBN: 1588112985, Pages: xvi, 281, Price: USD 79.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027222819, Pages: xvi, 281, Price: EUR 88.00


Definition is a basic activity of language, of particular importance
to linguists because of its use of language to describe itself. Beyond
this inherent significance as a crucial element of language study,
definitions also provide a rich potential source of the information
needed for Natural Language Processing systems. This book describes an
investigation of the subset of general language used in definition
sentences and the development of a taxonomy of definition types, a
grammar of definition sentences and parsing software which can extract
their functional components. The work is based on definition sentences
used in one of the dictionaries from the Cobuild range, and the book
includes a brief history of the development of monolingual English
dictionaries, an assessment of the concepts of sublanguages and local
grammars and a full exploration of the results of the analysis and of
the present and future applications of the taxonomy, grammar and

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii 
Brief description ix 
1. Language, definitions and dictionaries 1 
2. Monolingual English dictionaries 15 
3. Grammars, parsers, sublanguages and local grammars 59 
4. Methodology 97 
5. The definition type taxonomy 135 
6. The definition language grammar and its parser 161 
7. Evaluation and applications 213 
Appendix 1 253 
Appendix 2 257 
Appendix 3 
 Simon Krek 263 
Bibliography 269 
Index 273

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