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Wed Oct 13 2004

Books: Cognitive Science/Comp Ling/Semantics: Schalley

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Message 1: Cognitive Modeling and Verbal Semantics: Schalley

Date: 05-Oct-2004
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Cognitive Modeling and Verbal Semantics: Schalley


Title: Cognitive Modeling and Verbal Semantics 
 Subtitle: A Representational Framework Based on UML 
 Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs 154  
 
 Publication Year: 2004 
 Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
     http://www.mouton-publishers.com
 
 
 Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/rs/bookSingle.cfm?id=IS-3110179512-1&l=E ;
 
 
 Author: Andrea C. Schalley, University of New England, Australia
 
 Hardback: ISBN: 3110179512 Pages: xviii, 446 Price: Europe EURO 98.00
 
 
 Abstract:
 
 This book presents a unique approach to the semantics of verbs. It develops
 and specifies a decompositional representation framework for verbal
 semantics that is based on the Unified Modeling Language (UML), the
 graphical lingua franca for the design and modeling of object-oriented
 systems in computer science. The new framework combines formal precision
 with conceptual flexibility and allows the representation of very
 complicated details of verbal meaning, using a mixture of graphical
 elements as well as linearized constructs. Thereby, it offers a solution
 for different semantic problems such as context-dependency and polysemy.
 The latter, for instance, is demonstrated in one of the two well-elaborated
 applications of the framework within this book, the investigation of the
 polysemy of German setzen.
 
 Besides the formal specification of the framework, the book comprises a
 cognitive interpretation of important modeling elements, discusses general
 issues connected with the framework such as dynamic and static aspects of
 verbal meanings, questions of granularity, and general constraints applying
 to verbal semantics. Moreover, first steps towards a compositional
 semantics are undertaken, and a new verb classification based on this
 graphical approach is proposed.
 
 Since the framework is graphical in nature, the book contains many
 annotated figures, and the framework's modeling elements are illustrated by
 example diagrams. Not only scholars working in the field of linguistics, in
 particular in semantics, will find this book illuminating because of its
 new graphical approach, but also researchers of cognitive science,
 computational linguistics and computer science in general will surely
 appreciate it.
 
 Andrea C. Schalley is Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of New England,
 Australia. 
 
 Date of Publication: 6/2004
 
 
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 Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                      Computational Linguistics
                      Semantics
 
 
 Written In: English  (Language Code: ENG)
 
 See this book announcement on our website: 
 http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=11751

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