LINGUIST List 9.1292

Fri Sep 18 1998

Books: Computational Linguistics

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  1. Maureen Burke, new books: Computational Linguistics

Message 1: new books: Computational Linguistics

Date: Thu, 17 Sep 1998 11:28:29 -0700
From: Maureen Burke <>
Subject: new books: Computational Linguistics

Computational Linguistics

Nerbonne, John (Groningen); LINGUISTIC DATABASES; ISBN: 1-57586-092-9
(paper), 1-57586-093-7 (cloth); 244 pp. CSLI Publications 1998:

	Linguistic Databases explains the whys and hows of the increasng
use of databases in linguistics. The enormous potential in linguistic
data--billions of utterances and messages daily--has been difficult to
exploit. Data must be archived and organized. Many linguists have had to
concentrate on introspective data with its inevitable blinders toward
frequency, variation, and naturalness. Applications of linguistics have
been handicapped.
	Databases not only store large amounts of data, but also impose an
organization in data, which facilitates access for researchers and
applications developers. Linguistic Databases reports on database
activities in phonetics, phonology, lexicography and syntax, comparative
grammar, second-language acquisition, linguistic fieldwork and language
pathology. this volume presents the specialized problems of multimedia
(especially audio) and multilingual texts, including those in exotic
writing systems. Implemented solutions are discussed. The opportunities to
use existing, minimally structured text repositories are presented.


Aliseda, Atocha (UNAM), van Glabbeek, Rob (Stanford University), and
Westerstaahl, Dag (Stockholm University); COMPUTING NATURAL LANGUAGE; ISBN:
1-57586-100-3 (paper), 1-57586-101-1 (cloth); 158 pp. CSLI Publications

	Computing Natural Language pursues the recent increased interest in
the interface of logic, language and computation, with applications to
artificial intelligence and machine learning. It contains a variety of
contributions to the logical and computational analysis of natural
language. A wide range of logical and computational tools are employed and
applied to such varied areas as context-dependency, linguistic discourse,
and formal grammar;
	This volume is a collection of papers illustrating state-of-the-art
interdisciplinary research collecting logic, language, computation and AI.
The papers in this volume deal with context-dependency from philosophical,
computational, and logical points of view. A logical framework for
combining dynamic discourse semantics and preferential reasoning in AI is
also presented. Other subjects include negative polarity items in
connection with affective predicates; Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar
from a perspective of type theory and category theory; and an axiomatic
theory of machine learning of natural language, with applications to
physics word problems.

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