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Title: Machine-Aided Linguistic Discovery
Subtitle: An Introduction and Some Examples
Written By: Vladimir Pericliev
Description:

Solving linguistic problems not infrequently reduces to carrying out tasks that
are computationally complex and therefore requires automation. In such
situations, the difference between having and not having computational tools
to handle the tasks is not a matter of economy of time and effort, but may
amount to the difference between finding and not finding a solution at all. The
book is an introduction to machine-aided linguistic discovery, a novel
research area, arguing for the fruitfulness of the computational approach by
presenting a basic conceptual apparatus and several intelligent discovery
programmes. One of the systems models the fundamental Saussurian notion
of "system", and thus, for the first time, after almost a century after the
introduction of this concept and structuralism in general, linguists are capable
to handle adequately this recurring computationally complex task. Another
system models the problem of searching for Greenbergian language
universals and is capable of stating its discoveries in an intelligible form, viz.
a comprehensive English language text, thus constituting the first computer
program to generate a whole scientific article. Yet another system detects
potential inconsistencies in genetic language classifications. The
programmes are applied with noteworthy results to substantial problems from
diverse linguistic disciplines such as structural semantics, phonology,
typology and historical linguistics.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781845536602
Pages: 416
Prices: U.K. £ 60