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Understanding Language: Man or Machine


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Preliminaries and Prerequisites

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John A. Moyne
      Pages 3-46
    3. John A. Moyne
      Pages 47-92
    4. John A. Moyne
      Pages 93-136
  3. Views and Reviews

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. John A. Moyne
      Pages 139-168
    3. John A. Moyne
      Pages 169-206
    4. John A. Moyne
      Pages 207-232
    5. John A. Moyne
      Pages 233-268
  4. Construction of a Language Processor

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
    2. John A. Moyne
      Pages 273-287
    3. John A. Moyne
      Pages 289-323
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 325-357

About this book


This textbook is intended for graduate students in computer science and linguistics who are interested in developing expertise in natural language processing (NLP) and in those aspects of artificial intelligence which are concerned with computer models oflanguage comprehension. The text is somewhat different from a number of other excellent textbooks in that its foci are more on the linguistic and psycho linguistic prerequisites and on foundational issues concerning human linguistic behavior than on the description of the extant models and algorithms. The goal is to make the student, undertaking the enormous task of developing computer models for NLP, well aware of the major diffi­ culties and unsolved problems, so that he or she will not begin the task (as it has often been done) with overoptimistic hopes or claims about the generalizability of models, when such hopes and claims are incon­ sistent either with some aspects of the formal theory or with known facts about human cognitive behavior. Thus, I try to enumerate and explain the variety of cognitive, linguistic, and pragmatic data which must be understood and formalized before they can be incorporated into a computer model.


Syntax algorithms artificial intelligence automata computer computer science formal language language linguistics natural language pattern recognition psycholinguistics semantics verification

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Queens College and The Graduate SchoolThe City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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