© 1999

Computing Meaning

Volume 1

  • Harry Bunt
  • Reinhard Muskens

Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 73)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Harry Bunt, Reinhard Muskens
    Pages 1-32
  3. Manfred Pinkal
    Pages 33-55
  4. Nicolas Asher, Tim Fernando
    Pages 73-94
  5. Frank Richter, Manfred Sailer
    Pages 95-112
  6. Wlodek Zadrozny
    Pages 113-128
  7. Alice Kyburg, Michael Morreau
    Pages 149-166
  8. Aaron N. Kaplan, Lenhart K. Schubert
    Pages 185-202
  9. Lenhart Schubert
    Pages 219-253
  10. Emiel Krahmer, Paul Piwek
    Pages 281-300
  11. Matthew Stone, Daniel Hardt
    Pages 301-319
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 357-363

About this book


Computational semantics is concerned with computing the meanings of linguistic objects such as sentences, text fragments, and dialogue contributions. As such it is the interdisciplinary child of semantics, the study of meaning and its linguistic encoding, and computational linguistics, the discipline that is concerned with computations on linguistic objects.
From one parent computational semantics inherits concepts and techniques that have been developed under the banner of formal (or model-theoretic) semantics. This blend of logic and linguistics applies the methods of logic to the description of meaning. From the other parent the young discipline inherits methods and techniques for parsing sentences, for effective and efficient representation of syntactic structure and logical form, and for reasoning with semantic information. Computational semantics integrates and further develops these methods, concepts and techniques.
This book is a collection of papers written by outstanding researchers in the newly emerging field of computational semantics. It is aimed at those linguists, computer scientists, and logicians who want to know more about the algorithmic realisation of meaning in natural language and about what is happening in this field of research. There is a general introduction by the editors.


Parsing algorithms computational linguistics linguistics logic natural language semantic semantics

Editors and affiliations

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

Bibliographic information


"... the editors did a good job in projecting a collection of works representing the state of the art in computational semantics. The book contains material that will be of value especially to experts in this field. However, most of the papers in the volume will also be relevant to researchers from other branches of computational linguistics who are interested in theoretical aspects of the computation of meaning in natural language."
(Computational Linguistics, 27:1 (1999)