© 2001

Computing Meaning

Volume 2

  • Harry Bunt
  • Reinhard Muskens
  • Elias Thijsse

Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 77)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Patrick Blackburn, Johan Bos, Michael Kohlhase, Hans De Nivelle
    Pages 11-28
  3. Federica Busa, Nicoletta Calzolari, Alessandro Lenci, James Pustejovsky
    Pages 29-51
  4. Françoise Gayral, Daniel Kayser, Nathalie Pernelle
    Pages 53-69
  5. Allan Ramsay
    Pages 97-112
  6. Dick Crouch, Anette Frank, Josef Van Genabith
    Pages 165-184
  7. Denys Duchier, Claire Gardent
    Pages 205-227
  8. Bonnie Webber, Alistair Knott, Aravind Joshi
    Pages 229-245
  9. Laurence Danlos
    Pages 271-288
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 289-306

About this book


This book is a collection of papers written by outstanding researchers in the newly emerging field of computational semantics. Computational semantics is concerned with the computation of the meanings of linguistic objects such as text fragments, spoken dialogue utterances, and e-mail messages. The meaning of such an object is determined partly by linguistic information and partly by information from the context in which the object occurs. The information from these sources is combined by processes that infer which interpretation of the object applies in the given context. This applies not only to notoriously difficult aspects of interpreting linguistic objects, such as indexicals, anaphora, and metonymy, but also to establishing the precise reference of common nouns and the scopes of noun phrases. The central issue in computational semantics is how processes of finding and combining the relevant linguistic and contextual information into contextually appropriate meanings can be organised.
Traditional approaches of applying context information to disambiguated natural language expressions do not work well, due to the massive ambiguity in natural language. Recent work in computational semantics suggests, alternatively, to represent linguistic semantic information in formal structures with underspecification, and to apply context information in inference processes that result in further specification of these representations. Underspecified representation and inference are therefore the key topics in this book.
The book is aimed at those linguists, computer scientists, and logicians who take an interest in the computation of meaning, and who want to know what is happening in this exciting field of research.


communication grammar natural language semantic semantics

Editors and affiliations

  • Harry Bunt
    • 1
  • Reinhard Muskens
    • 1
  • Elias Thijsse
    • 1
  1. 1.Tilburg UniversityThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Computing Meaning
  • Book Subtitle Volume 2
  • Editors H. Bunt
    Reinhard Muskens
    E. Thijsse
  • Series Title Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-0175-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4020-0451-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-010-0572-2
  • Series ISSN 0924-4662
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 306
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Semantics
    Computational Linguistics
    Artificial Intelligence
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