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Foundations of Computational Linguistics

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Table of Contents

Computational Analysis of Natural Language.- Smart vs. Solid Solutions.- Cognitive Foundations of Semantics.- Language Communication.- Using Language Signs on Suitable Contexts.- Structure and Functioning of Signs.- Formal Grammar.- Language Hierarchies and Complexity.- Basic Notions of Parsing.- Left-Associative Grammar (LAG).- Hierarchy of LA Grammar.- LA and PS Hierarchies in Comparison.- Words and Morphemes.- Word Form Recognition in LA Morph.- Corpus Analysis.- Basic Concepts of Syntax.- LA Syntax for English.- LA Syntax for German.- Three Kinds of Semantics.- Truth, Meaning, and Ontology.- Absolute and Contingent Propositions.- Database Semantics.- Functional Flow of a Talking Robot.- Conclusion.- Bibliography.- Name Index.

About the Author

Roland Hausser was Professor for Linguistische Informatik at the University Erlangen-Nurnberg and director of its Laboratory of Computational Linguistics Uni Erlangen (CLUE). Among his other publications are the books "A Computational Model of Natural Language Communication" and "Computational Linguistics and Talking Robots".


From the book reviews: "This is a very abstract theoretical approach to language computation dating from Frege's principles, to DeSaussure's theories, and beyond. ... This book is meant for a wide audience including students, fellows, researchers, professors, and so on in the history of logical principles. I heartedly recommend it to everyone." [Joseph J. Grenier,, July, 2014] "Reviewing the logical foundations of computing, Hausser's textbook - now in its third revised edition, with new chapters - provides the student of natural language with a computable theory of meaning without syntactic constituent structure. A quantifier-free fragment treats anaphora as addresses, where connectives are operations on patterns, its data structures support inference rules as patterns of grammar. Used all over the world in computational linguistics programs, this important book is recommended for anyone who grasps the limitations of a purely inductive, statistical approach to meaning and language processing." [Alice G.B. ter Meulen, Universite de Geneve] "Hausser rocks the foundations of truth-conditional semantics for natural language." [Kiyong Lee, Korea University, Seoul] "This book is a solid foundation for the computational modeling of human communication in natural language, and it is also a systematic explanation of how to make a talking robot." [Haitao Liu, Zhejiang University, P.R. China]

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