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Thu Sep 23 2004

Books: Computational Linguistics/Syntax: Creswell

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        1.    Dylan Maiden, Syntactic Form and Discourse Function in Natural Language Generation: Creswell



Message 1: Syntactic Form and Discourse Function in Natural Language Generation: Creswell

Date: 22-Sep-2004
From: Dylan Maiden <dylan.maidentaylorandfrancis.com>
Subject: Syntactic Form and Discourse Function in Natural Language Generation: Creswell

Title: Syntactic Form and Discourse Function in Natural Language Generation 
 Series Title: Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics  
 
 Publication Year: 2004 
 Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
        http://www.routledge.com/
 
 Author: Cassandre Yvonne Creswell 
 
 Hardback: ISBN: 0415971047 Pages: 240 Price: 80.00 (U.S. $)
 
 Abstract:
 
 Users of natural languages have many word orders with which to encode 
 the same truth-conditional meaning. They choose contextually
 appropriate strings from these many ways with little conscious effort 
 and with effective communicative results. Previous computational
 models of when English speakers produce non-canonical word orders,
 like topicalization, left-dislocation, and clefts, fail-either by
 overgenerating these statistically rare forms or by undergenerating.
 The primary goal of this book is to present a better model of when
 speakers choose to produce certain non-canonical word orders by
 incorporating the effects of discourse context and speaker goals on
 syntactic choice. The theoretical model is then used as a basis for
 building a probabilistic classifier that can select the most
 human-like word order based on the surrounding discourse context. The 
 model of discourse context used is a methodological advance both from 
 a theoretical and an engineering perspective. It is built up from
 individual linguistic features, ones more easily and reliably
 annotated than the direct annotation of a discourse or rhetorical
 structure for a text. This book makes extensive use of previously
 unexamined naturally occurring corpus data of non-canonical word
 order in English, both to illustrate the points of the theoretical
 model and to train the statistical model. 
 
 Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Syntax 
 
 Written In: English                                                                                               
 (Language Code: ENG)
 
 See this book announcement on our website: 
 http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=11594

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