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Title: Linguistic Fundamentals for Natural Language Processing
Subtitle: 100 Essentials from Morphology and Syntax
Written By: Emily Menon Bender
Series Title: Synthesis Lectures on Human Language Technologies

Many NLP tasks have at their core a subtask of extracting the dependencies—who did what to whom—from natural language sentences. This task can be understood as the inverse of the problem solved in different ways by diverse human languages, namely, how to indicate the relationship between different parts of a sentence. Understanding how languages solve the problem can be extremely useful in both feature design and error analysis in the application of machine learning to NLP. Likewise, understanding cross-linguistic variation can be important for the design of MT systems and other multilingual applications. The purpose of this book is to present in a succinct and accessible fashion information about the morphological and syntactic structure of human languages that can be useful in creating more linguistically sophisticated, more language-independent, and thus more successful NLP systems.

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781627050111
Pages: 184
Prices: U.S. $ 45.00

Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9781627050128
Pages: 184
Prices: U.S. $ 30.00