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Thu Aug 20 2020

Books: Python for Linguists: Hammond

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Date: 19-Aug-2020
From: Rachel Tonkin <>
Subject: Python for Linguists: Hammond
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Title: Python for Linguists
Published: 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Michael Hammond
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108493444 Pages: 310 Price: U.K. £ 79.99
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108493444 Pages: 310 Price: U.S. $ 110
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108737074 Pages: 310 Price: U.K. £ 29.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108737074 Pages: 310 Price: U.S. $ 39.99

Specifically designed for linguists, this book provides an introduction to programming using Python for those with little to no experience of coding. Python is one of the most popular and widely-used programming languages as it's also available for free and runs on any operating system. All examples in the text involve language data and can be adapted or used directly for language research. The text focuses on key language-related issues: searching, text manipulation, text encoding and internet data, providing an excellent resource for language research. More experienced users of Python will also benefit from the advanced chapters on graphical user interfaces and functional programming.

All concepts are exemplified with code that is included in the text and is available separately

The book is split into chapters covering basic issues and chapters for more advanced programmers, meaning it is accessible to readers with a range of experience

All examples include language that specifically targets the intended audience, linguists

1. Interacting with Python and basic functions
2. Data types and variables
3. Control structures
4. Input-output
5. Subroutines and modules
6. Regular expressions
7. Text manipulation
8. Internet data
9. Objects
10. GUIs
11. Functional programming
Appendix A. NLTK.

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
                            General Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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