Christine Sosa sosa at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Wed Jul 30 16:02:42 UTC 2003

CSLI Publications is pleased to announce the publication of:

FINITE STATE MORPHOLOGY, Kenneth R. Beesley (Xerox Research Center
Europe) and Lauri Karttunen (Palo Alto Research Center);paper ISBN:
1-57586-434-7, $40.00, cloth ISBN: 1-57586-433-9, $85.00,  528 pages,
copyright 2003 by CSLI Publications. , email: pubs at

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Book description:

The finite-state paradigm is increasingly popular, and
natural-language applications based on the theory are elegant,
robust, and efficient. This book is a practical guide to finite-state
theory and to the use of the Xerox finite-state programming languages
lexc and xfst. It explains how to write morphological
analyzer/generators and tokenizers for words in natural languages
such as English, French, Arabic, Finnish, Hungarian, Malay, Korean,
etc. The text provides graded introductions, examples, and exercises
that are suitable for individual study or formal courses.
Natural-language words are typically formed of morphemes concatenated
together, as in un+guard+ed+ly and over+critic+al, but some languages
also exhibit non-concatenative processes such as interdigitation and
reduplication. When morphemes are combined together into new words,
they often display alternations in their pronunciation or spelling,
as when swim+ing becomes swimming, take+ing becomes taking and
die+ing becomes dying. Finite-state morphology assumes that both the
word-formation rules (morphotactics) and the morpho-phonological
alternation rules can be modeled as finite-state machines.
The lexc and xfst command-line applications are widely tested, having
been used commercially by Xerox and its partners, and in research by
over 80 licensees. The book includes a non-commercial license and a
CD-ROM with the Xerox finite-state software compiled for the Solaris,
Linux, Windows, and Macintosh OS X operating systems.


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