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A Computational Model of Natural Language Communication

Interpretation, Inference, and Production in Database Semantics

By Roland R. Hausser

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  • ISBN13: 978-3-5403-5476-5
  • 377 Pages
  • User Level: Students
  • Publication Date: September 28, 2006
  • Available eBook Formats: PDF
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Everyday life would be easier if we could simply talk with machines instead of having to program them. Before such talking robots can be built, however, there must be a theory of how communicating with natural language works. This requires not only a grammatical analysis of the language signs, but also a model of the cognitive agent, with interfaces for recognition and action, an internal database, and an algorithm for reading content in and out. In Database Semantics, these ingredients are used for reconstructing natural language communication as a mechanism for transferring content from the database of the speaker to the database of the hearer. Part I of this book presents a high-level description of an artificial agent which humans can freely communicate with in their accustomed language. Part II analyzes the major constructions of natural language, i.e., intra- and extrapropositional functor - argument structure, coordination, and coreference, in the speaker and the hearer mode. Part III defines declarative specifications for fragments of English, which are used for an implementation in Java. The book provides researchers, graduate students and software engineers with a functional framework for the theoretical analysis of natural language communication and for all practical applications of natural language processing.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. Part I The Interfaces and Components: Methodological Foundations.
  2. Interfaces.
  3. Data Structure and Algorithm.
  4. Concept Types and Concept Tokens.
  5. Forms of Thinking.
  6. Part II The Major Constructions of Natural Language: Intra
  7. propositional Functor
  8. Argument Structure.
  9. Extra
  10. propositional Functor
  11. Argument Structure.
  12. Intra
  13. propositional Coordination.
  14. Extra
  15. propositional Coordination.
  16. Intra
  17. propositional and Extra
  18. propositional Coreference.
  19. Part III Formal Fragments: DBS.1: Hearer Mode.
  20. DBS.1: Speaker
  21. Mode.
  22. DBS.2: Hearer
  23. Mode.
  24. DBS.2: Speaker
  25. Mode.
  26. DBS.3: Adnominal and Adverbial Modifiers.
  27. Appendices: Universal Basis of Word Order Variation.
  28. Declarative Description of the Motor Procedure.
  29. Glossary.
  30. Bibliography.
  31. Name Index.
  32. Subject Index.

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