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Wed Feb 15 2012

Books: Computational Linguistics/Semantics: Mani, Pustejovsky

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Date: 15-Feb-2012
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Subject: Interpreting Motion: Mani, Pustejovsky
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Title: Interpreting Motion Subtitle: Grounded Representations for Spatial Language Published: 2012 Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Author: Inderjeet Mani Author: James Pustejovsky Hardback: ISBN: 9780199601240 Pages: 180 Price: U.K. £ 60.00

Interpreting Motion presents an integrated perspective on how languagestructures constrain concepts of motion and how the world shapes the waymotion is linguistically expressed. Natural language allows for efficientcommunication of elaborate descriptions of movement without requiring aprecise specification of the motion. Interpreting Motion is the first book toanalyze the semantics of motion expressions in terms of the formalisms ofqualitative spatial reasoning. It shows how motion descriptions in languageare mapped to trajectories of moving entities based on qualitative spatio-temporal relationships. The authors provide an extensive discussion of priorresearch on spatial prepositions and motion verbs, devoting chapters to thecompositional semantics of motion sentences, the formal representationsneeded for computers to reason qualitatively about time, space, and motion,and the methodology for annotating corpora with linguistic information in orderto train computer programs to reproduce the annotation. The applications theyillustrate include route navigation, the mapping of travel narratives, question-answering, image and video tagging, and graphical rendering of scenes fromtextual descriptions.

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics                             Semantics
Written In: English (eng)

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