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Computation of Language

An Essay on Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics in Natural Man-Machine Communication

  • Roland Hausser

Part of the Symbolic Computation book series (SYMBOLIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Introduction

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  3. Natural Language and Formal Grammar

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  4. Algebraic and Automata-Theoretic Characterization

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  5. Logic and Communication

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  6. Conclusion

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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 355-428

About this book

Introduction

The study of linguistics has been forever changed by the advent of the computer. Not only does the machine permit the processing of enormous quantities of text­ thereby securing a better empirical foundation for conclusions-but also, since it is a modelling device, the machine allows the implementation of theories of grammar and other kinds of language processing. Models can have very unexpected properties­ both good and bad-and it is only through extensive tests that the value of a model can be properly assessed. The computer revolution has been going on for many years, and its importance for linguistics was recognized early on, but the more recent spread of personal workstations has made it a reality that can no longer be ignored by anyone in the subject. The present essay, in particular, could never have been written without the aid of the computer. I know personally from conversations and consultations with the author over many months how the book has changed. If he did not have at his command a powerful typesetting program, he would not have been able to see how his writing looked and exactly how it had to be revised and amplified. Even more significant for the evolution of the linguistic theory is the easy testing of examples made possible by the implementation of the parser and the computer-held lexicon. Indeed, the rule set and lexicon grew substantially after the successes of the early implementations created the desire to incorporate more linguistic phenomena.

Keywords

algorithms artificial intelligence automata complexity control formal grammar grammar intelligence logic machine translation natural language natural language processing ontology robot semantics

Authors and affiliations

  • Roland Hausser
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  1. 1.Laboratory for Computational LinguisticsCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-74564-5
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-74566-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-74564-5
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