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LINGUIST List 19.82

Wed Jan 09 2008

Books: Cognitive Science: Câmara Pereira - Syntax/Semantics: Nakanishi

Editor for this issue: Hannah Morales <hannahlinguistlist.org>


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        1.    Julia Ulrich, Creativity and Artificial Intelligence: Câmara Pereira
        2.    Julia Ulrich, Formal Properties of Measurement Constructions: Nakanishi


Message 1: Creativity and Artificial Intelligence: Câmara Pereira
Date: 18-Dec-2007
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Creativity and Artificial Intelligence: Câmara Pereira
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Title: Creativity and Artificial Intelligence
Subtitle: A Conceptual Blending Approach
Series Title: Applications of Cognitive Linguistics [ACL] 4
Published: 2007
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
                http://www.mouton-publishers.com

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sp/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110186093-1

Author: Francisco Câmara Pereira
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110186093 Pages: 254 Price: Europe EURO 98.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110186093 Pages: 254 Price: U.S. $ 132.30 Comment: for orders placed in North America
Abstract:

Creativity and Artificial Intelligence: A Conceptual Blending Approach
takes readers into a computationally plausible model of creativity.
Inspired by a thorough analysis of work on creativity from the areas of
philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, cognitive linguistics and
artificial intelligence, the author deals with the various processes,
principles and representations that lie underneath the act of creativity.

Focusing on Arthur Koestler's Bisociations, which eventually lead to Turner
and Fauconnier's conceptual blending framework, the book proposes a
theoretical model that considers blends and their emergent structure as a
fundamental cognitive mechanism. The author thus discusses the
computational implementation of several aspects of conceptual blending
theory, namely composition, completion, elaboration, frames and optimality
constraints. Informal descriptions and examples are supplied to provide
non-computer scientists as well as non-cognitive linguists with clear
insights into these ideas. Several experiments are made, and their results
are discussed, with particular emphasis on the validation of the creativity
and conceptual blending aspects.

Written by a researcher with a background in artificial intelligence, the
book is the result of several years of exploration and discussion from
different theoretical perspectives. As a result, the book echoes some of
the criticism made on conceptual blending and creativity in artificial
intelligence, and thus proposes improvements in both areas, with the aim of
being a constructive contribution to these very intriguing, yet appealing,
research orientations.

Keywords
Cognitive Linguistics; creativity

Readership
Applied Cognitive Linguists, Computer Scientists

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science

Written In: English (eng )

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Message 2: Formal Properties of Measurement Constructions: Nakanishi
Date: 18-Dec-2007
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Formal Properties of Measurement Constructions: Nakanishi
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Title: Formal Properties of Measurement Constructions
Series Title: Interface Explorations [IE] 12
Published: 2007
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
                http://www.mouton-publishers.com

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sp/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110185980-1

Author: Kimiko Nakanishi
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110185980 Pages: 284 Price: Europe EURO 98.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110185980 Pages: 284 Price: U.S. $ 132.30 Comment: for orders placed in North America
Abstract:

This book investigates the semantics and syntax-semantics interface of
measurement constructions, such as (non-)split quantifiers and
comparatives. The cross-linguistic investigation reveals that seemingly
diverse constructions can be categorized into two classes depending on
whether they measure nominal or verbal predicates, and shows that the
classification accounts for why certain constructions have certain
characteristics concerning distributivity and single-event predicates.
Throughout the book, particular emphasis is placed on issues of
compositionality.

Keywords
Syntax; semantics; generative syntax; generative semantics

Prices are subject to change. Prices do not include postage and handling.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
                            Syntax

Written In: English (eng )

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http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=33101




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