21.4626, Books: Computational Linguistics/Semantics: van Eijck, Unger

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From: Joyce Reid [jreid at cambridge.org]
Subject: Computational Semantics with Functional Programming: van Eijck,
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Title: Computational Semantics with Functional Programming 
Publication Year: 2010 
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
	   http://us.cambridge.org
	

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/uk/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521757607 


Author: Jan van Eijck
Author: Christina Unger

Hardback: ISBN:  9780521760300 Pages:  Price: U.S. $ 99.00
Paperback: ISBN:  9780521757607 Pages:  Price: U.S. $ 40.00


Abstract:

Computational semantics is the art and science of computing meaning in natural 
language. The meaning of a sentence is derived from the meanings of the 
individual words in it, and this process can be made so precise that it can be 
implemented on a computer. Designed for students of linguistics, computer 
science, logic and philosophy, this comprehensive text shows how to compute 
meaning using the functional programming language Haskell. It deals with both 
denotational meaning (where meaning comes from knowing the conditions of 
truth in situations), and operational meaning (where meaning is an instruction for 
performing cognitive action). Including a discussion of recent developments in 
logic, it will be invaluable to linguistics students wanting to apply logic to their 
studies, logic students wishing to learn how their subject can be applied to 
linguistics, and functional programmers interested in natural language 
processing as a new application area. 



Features

? Assumes no previous knowledge or experience of programming 
? All formal definitions are implemented as computer programs so that they 
can be executed and checked on a computer 
? Each chapter includes exercises and implementation challenges to enable 
the reader to put into practice what they have learnt

Table of Contents

1. Formal study of natural language
2. Lambda calculus, types and functional programming
3. Functional programming with Haskell
4. Formal syntax for fragments
5. Formal semantics for fragments
6. Model checking with predicate logic
7. The composition of meaning in natural language
8. Extension and intension
9. Parsing
10. Handling relations and scoping
11. Continuation passing style semantics
12. Discourse representation and context
13. Communication as informative action.

Reviews

'This remarkable textbook teaches you the know-how to become an active 
participant in this rapidly evolving interdisciplinary field.'
Johan van Benthem, University of Amsterdam and Stanford University

'This book is a major contribution to computational semantics. The authors 
provide important insights into a wide range of current issues in semantic 
theory, setting a very high standard for work in computational semantics.'
Shalom Lappin, King's College, London

'The authors do an excellent job of exploring the connections between 
functional programming and Montague-style formal semantics for natural 
language. Anyone interested in logic-based computational semantics will 
learn something from this book.'
Stephen Pulman, University of Oxford 


Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
                     Semantics


Written In: English  (eng)
	
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