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Title: A Computational Model of Natural Language Communication
Subtitle: Interpretation, Inference, and Production in Database Semantics
Written By: Roland Hausser
URL: http://www.springer.com/978-3-540-35476-5
Description:

Everyday life would be easier if we could simply talk with machines instead
of having to program them. Before such talking robots can be built,
however, there must be a theory of how communicating with natural language
works. This requires not only a grammatical analysis of the language signs,
but also a model of the cognitive agent, with interfaces for recognition
and action, an internal database, and an algorithm for reading content in
and out. In Database Semantics, these ingredients are used for
reconstructing natural language communication as a mechanism for
transferring content from the database of the speaker to the database of
the hearer.

Part I of this book presents a high-level description of an artificial
agent which humans can freely communicate with in their accustomed
language. Part II analyzes the major constructions of natural language,
i.e. intra- and extrapropositional functor - argument structure,
coordination, and coreference, in the speaker and the hearer mode. Part III
defines declarative specifications for fragments of English, which are used
for an implementation in Java.

The book provides researchers, graduate students and software engineers
with a functional framework for the theoretical analysis of natural
language communication and for all practical applications of natural
language processing.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Springer
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Subject Language(s): None
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 354035476X
ISBN-13: 9783540354765
Pages: 365
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