LINGUIST List 30.4511

Wed Nov 27 2019

Books: Linguistic Fundamentals for Natural Language Processing II: Bender, Lascarides

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Date: 11-Nov-2019
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Subject: Linguistic Fundamentals for Natural Language Processing II: Bender, Lascarides
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Title: Linguistic Fundamentals for Natural Language Processing II
Subtitle: 100 Essentials from Semantics and Pragmatics
Series Title: Synthesis Lectures on Human Language Technologies edited by Graeme Hirst
Published: 2019
Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers

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Author: Emily M. Bender
Author: Alex Lascarides
Electronic: ISBN: 9781681730745 Pages: 268 Price: U.S. $ 71.96
Hardback: ISBN: 9781681736211 Pages: 268 Price: U.S. $ 109.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9781681730738 Pages: 268 Price: U.S. $ 89.95

Meaning is a fundamental concept in Natural Language Processing (NLP), in the tasks of both Natural Language Understanding (NLU) and Natural Language Generation (NLG). This is because the aims of these fields are to build systems that understand what people mean when they speak or write, and that can produce linguistic strings that successfully express to people the intended content. In order for NLP to scale beyond partial, task-specific solutions, researchers in these fields must be informed by what is known about how humans use language to express and understand communicative intents. The purpose of this book is to present a selection of useful information about semantics and pragmatics, as understood in linguistics, in a way that's accessible to and useful for NLP practitioners with minimal (or even no) prior training in linguistics.

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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