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Title: Representation and Inference for Natural Language
Subtitle: A First Course in Computational Semantics
Written By: Patrick Blackburn
Johan Bos
Series Title: CSLI Studies in Computational Linguistics

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

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Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: CSLI Publications
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1575864959
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 376
Prices: U.S. $ 70.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1575864967
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 376
Prices: U.S. $ 30.00