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  • Page extent: 324 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.65 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521454896 | ISBN-10: 0521454891)

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As a pioneer in computational linguistics, working in the earliest days of language processing by computer, Margaret Masterman believed that meaning, not grammar, was the key to understanding languages, and that machines could determine the meaning of sentences. This volume brings together Masterman's groundbreaking papers for the first time, demonstrating the importance of her work in the philosophy of science and the nature of iconic languages. This book will be of key interest to students of computational linguistics and artificial intelligence.

Contents

Introduction; Part I. Basic Forms for Language Structure: 1. Words; 2. Fans and heads; 3. Classification, concept-formation and language; Part II. The Thesaurus as a Tool for Machine Translation: 4. The potentialities of a mechanical thesaurus; 5. What is a thesaurus?; Part III. Experiments in Machine Translation: 6. 'Agricola in curvo terram dimovit aratro'; 7. Mechanical pidgin translation; 8. Translation; Part IV. Phrasings, Breath Groups and Text Processing: 9. Commentary on the guberina hypothesis; 10. Semantic algorithms; Part V. Metaphor, Analogy and the Philosophy of Science: 11. Braithwaite and Kuhn: analogy-clusters within and without hypothetico-deductive systems in science; Bibliography of the scientific works of Margaret Masterman; Other references.

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