Date: 24-Aug-2005 From: Dikran Karagueuzian <pubscsli.stanford.edu> Subject: Representation and Inference for Natural Language: Blackburn, Bos
Title: Representation and Inference for Natural Language
Subtitle: A First Course in Computational Semantics
Series Title: CSLI Studies in Computational Linguistics
Publisher: CSLI Publications
Author: Patrick Blackburn, Saarland University
Author: Johan Bos
Hardback: ISBN: 1575864959 Pages: 376 Price: U.S. $ 70.00
Paperback: ISBN: 1575864967 Pages: 376 Price: U.S. $ 30.00
Here is the first textbook wholly devoted to computational semantics, appropriate for graduate and advanced undergraduate studies.
A central question addressed here is how to represent meaning in ways usable by computers. Furthermore, can computers distinguish coherent from incoherent utterances, recognize new information in a sentence, or even draw inferences from a natural language passage?
Computer scientists, linguists, logicians, and indeed anyone curious about the role of meaning in human languages, will appreciate where questions such as the above lead this book. After the underlying theoretical issues are thoroughly introduced, complete implementations are presented of various fundamental techniques for computing semantic representations for fragments of natural language and for performing inference with the results. The reader who masters these techniques will be in a good position to appreciate, and critically assess, ongoing developments in computational semantics.
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