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Computational Semantics with Functional Programming

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  • Date Published: November 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521757607

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  • 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.

    • 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
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    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521757607
    • length: 422 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Authors

    Jan van Eijck, Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science, Amsterdam
    Jan van Eijck is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science in Amsterdam, and Professor of Computational Linguistics at the Research Institute for Language and Speech, Utrecht University.

    Christina Unger, Universität Bielefeld, Germany
    Christina Unger is based in the Semantic Computing Group in the Cognitive Interaction Technology Center of Excellence at the University of Bielefeld.

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