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Title: A Computational Theory of Writing Systems
Written By: Richard W Sproat
URL: http://us.cambridge.org/titles/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521663407
Series Title: Studies in Natural Language Processing
Description:

This book breaks new ground by developing a formal computational theory of
writing systems. It offers specific proposals about the linguistic objects
that are represented by orthographic elements; what levels of linguistic
representation are involved and how they may differ across writing systems;
and what formal constraints hold of the mapping relation between linguistic
and orthographic elements. Based on the insights gained, Sproat posits a
new taxonomy of writing systems. The treatment of theoretical linguistic
issues and their computational implementation is complemented with
discussion of empirical psycholinguistic work on reading and its relevance
for the computational model developed here. Throughout, the model is
illustrated with a number of detailed case studies of writing systems
around the world. This innovative book will be of interest to students and
researchers in a variety of fields, including theoretical and computational
linguistics, the psycholinguistics of reading and writing, and speech
technology. "...this is easily the most original piece of writing in
linguistics that I have read in the last ten years." Gerald Penn, Written
Language & Literacy

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521663407
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 254
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