LINGUIST List 9.1125

Fri Aug 7 1998

Books: NLP

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  1. Simon Collins, Book: NLP: Using PROLOG

Message 1: Book: NLP: Using PROLOG

Date: Wed, 5 Aug 1998 14:10:04 +0100
From: Simon Collins <>
Subject: Book: NLP: Using PROLOG

Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of East Anglia.

Paper 0-582-06622-0
320 pages July 1998
Learning About Language Series
Research into Natural Language Processing - the use of computers to
process language - has developed over the last couple of decades into
one of the most vigorous and interesting areas of current work on
language and communication. This book introduces the subject through
the discussion and development of various computer programs which
illustrate some of the basic concepts and techniques in the field. The
programming language used is Prolog, which is especially well-suited
for Natural Language Processing and those with little or no background
in computing.

Following the general introduction, the first section of the book
presents Prolog, and the following chapters illustrate how various
Natural Language Processing programs may be written using this
programming language. Since it is assumed that the reader has no
previous experience in programming, great care is taken to provide a
simple yet comprehensive introduction to Prolog. Due to the 'user
friendly' nature of Prolog, simple yet effective programs may be
written from an early stage. The reader is gradually introduced to
various techniques for syntactic processing, ranging from Finite State
Network recognisors to Chart parsers. An integral element of the book
is the comprehensive set of exercises included in each chapter as a
means of cementing the reader's understanding of each topic. Suggested
answers are also provided.

An Introduction to Natural Language Processing Through Prolog is an
excellent introduction to the subject for students of linguistics and
computer science, and will be especially useful for those with no
background in the subject.


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