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Title: Foundations of Computational Linguistics: Man-Machine Communication in Natural Language
Written By: Roland Hausser
URL: http://www.springer.de/cgi-bin/search_book.pl?isbn=3-540-66015-1

Fields: Language Translation and Linguistics; Artificial Intelligence; User Interfaces

Written for: Graduate students, lecturers, scientists, practitioners in academia and industry

The central task of a future-oriented computational linguistics is the development of cognitive machines which humans can freely talk with in their respective natural language. In the long run, this task will ensure the development of a functional theory of language, an objective method of verification, and a wide range of practical applications. Natural communication requires not only verbal processing, but also non-verbal perception and action. Therefore, the content of this textbook is organized as a theory of language for the construction of talking robots. The main topic is the mechanics of natural language communication in both,the hearer and the speaker. The contents is divided into four parts: Theory of Language, Formal Grammar, Morphology and Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics. The book contains more than 700 exercises for reviewing key ideas and important problems.

Keywords: computational linguistics, man-machine communication, parsing, complexity, database semantics, word bank, leftassociative grammar ( LAG ), time-linear navigation

Table of Contents:
I. Theory of Language
1) Computational language analysis
2) Technology and grammar
3) Cognitive foundation of semantics
4) Language Communication
5) Using Language signs on suitable contexts
6) Structure and functioning of signs

II. Theory of Grammar
7) Generative grammar
8) Language hierarchies and complexity
9) Basic notions of parsing
10) Left-associative grammar (LAG)
11) Hierarchy of LA-grammar
12) LA-and PS-hierarchies in comparison

III. Morphology and Syntax
13) Words and morphemes
14) Word from recognition in LA-Morph
15) Corpus analysis
16) Basic concepts of syntax
17) LA-syntax for English
18) LA-syntax for German

IV. Semantics and Pragmatics
19) Three system types of semantics
20) Truth, meaning, and ontology
21) Absolute and contingent propositions
22) Database semantics
23) SLIM machine in the hearer mode
24) SLIM machine in the speaker mode

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Publication Year: 1999
Publisher: Springer
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3540660151
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 534 p
Prices: DM 89,- / US$ 54.-