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Title: Probabilistic Linguistics
Edited By: JenniferB.Hay
URL: http://mitpress.mit.edu/promotions/books/SP20030262025361
Series Title: Bradford Books
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For the past forty years, linguistics has been dominated by the idea that language is categorical and linguistic competence discrete. It has become increasingly clear, however, that many levels of representation, from phonemes to sentence structure, show probabilistic properties, as does the language faculty. Probabilistic linguistics conceptualizes categories as distributions and views knowledge of language not as a minimal set of categorical constraints but as a set of gradient rules that may be characterized by a statistical distribution. Whereas categorical approaches focus on the endpoints of distributions of linguistic phenomena, probabilistic approaches focus on the gradient middle ground. Probabilistic linguistics integrates all the progress made by linguistics thus far with a probabilistic perspective.

This book presents a comprehensive introduction to probabilistic approaches to linguistic inquiry. It covers the application of probabilistic techniques to phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, language acquisition, psycholinguistics, historical linguistics, and sociolinguistics. It also includes a tutorial on elementary probability theory and probabilistic grammars.

Rens Bod is one of the principal architects of the Data-Oriented Parsing (DOP) model, which provides a general framework for probabilistic natural language processing. Jennifer Hay is Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Canterbury. Stefanie Jannedy works on the development of text-to-speech systems at Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs.

Contributors
R. Harald Baayen, Rens Bod, Ariel Cohen, Jennifer Hay, Stefanie Jannedy, Dan Jurafsky, Christopher Manning, Norma Mendoza-Denton, Janet Pierrehumbert, Kie Zuraw.

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: MIT Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
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