24.250, Books: The Semantic Representation of Natural Language: Donald, Lessard, Levison, Thomas

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Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:26:33
From: Ellena Moriarty [Ellena.moriarty at bloomsbury.com]
Subject: The Semantic Representation of Natural Language: Donald, Lessard, Levison, Thomas

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Title: The Semantic Representation of Natural Language 
Series Title: Bloomsbury Studies in Theoretical Linguistics  

Publication Year: 2012 
Publisher: Bloomsbury Linguistics (formerly Continuum Linguistics)
	   http://www.continuumbooks.com
	

Book URL: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-semantic-representation-of-natural-language-9781441162533/ 


Author: Michael Levison
Author: Greg Lessard
Author: Craig Michael Thomas
Author: Matthew Donald

Hardback: ISBN: 1441162534 9781441162533 Pages: 272 Price: U.K. £ 75.00


Abstract:

This volume contains a detailed, precise and clear semantic formalism designed
to allow non-programmers such as linguists and literary specialists to
represent elements of meaning which they must deal with in their research and
teaching. At the same time, by its basis in a functional programming paradigm,
it retains sufficient formal precision to support computational
implementation.

The formalism is designed to represent meaning as found at a variety of
levels, including basic semantic units and relations, word meaning,
sentence-level phenomena, and text-level meaning. By drawing on fundamental
principles of program design, the proposed formalism is both easy to read and
modify yet sufficiently powerful to allow for the representation of complex
semantic phenomena.

In this monograph, the authors introduce the formalism and show its basic
structure, apply it to the analysis of the semantics of a variety of
linguistic phenomena in both English and French, and use it to represent the
semantics of a variety of texts ranging from single sentences, to textual
excepts, to a full story.

“Genuine interdisciplinary research between linguistics, literary studies and
computational approaches is rare. The research detailed here is an example of
such interdisciplinary collaboration at its best. Technical, but enjoyable,
this is a book to be read and thought about as it opens many new vistas.” –
Geoffrey Williams, Professor, Université De Bretagne-Sud, France
 



Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
                     Semantics


Written In: English  (eng)

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