Computational Linguistics and Talking Robots

Processing Content in Database Semantics

Authors: Hausser, Roland

  • The author presents a unique approach to the natural-language processing
  • The book will be of interest to researchers and engineers involved in computational linguistics
  • The author is an established researcher in computational linguistics
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The practical task of building a talking robot requires a theory of how natural language communication works. Conversely, the best way to computationally verify a theory of natural language communication is to demonstrate its functioning concretely in the form of a talking robot, the epitome of human–machine communication. To build an actual robot requires hardware that provides appropriate recognition and action interfaces, and because such hardware is hard to develop the approach in this book is theoretical: the author presents an artificial cognitive agent with language as a software system called database semantics (DBS). Because a theoretical approach does not have to deal with the technical difficulties of hardware engineering there is no reason to simplify the system – instead the software components of DBS aim at completeness of function and of data coverage in word form recognition, syntactic–semantic interpretation and inferencing, leaving the procedural implementation of elementary concepts for later.

In this book the author first examines the universals of natural language and explains the Database Semantics approach. Then in Part I he examines the following natural language communication issues: using external surfaces; the cycle of natural language communication; memory structure; autonomous control; and learning. In Part II he analyzes the coding of content according to the aspects: semantic relations of structure; simultaneous amalgamation of content; graph-theoretical considerations; computing perspective in dialogue; and computing perspective in text. The book ends with a concluding chapter, a bibliography and an index.

The book will be of value to researchers, graduate students and engineers in the areas of artificial intelligence and robotics, in particular those who deal with natural language processing.

About the authors

Prof. Dr. Hausser has been Professor for Linguistische Informatik at the University Erlangen-Nürnberg since 1989; he is also director of the Laboratory of Computational Linguistics Uni Erlangen (CLUE). Among his publications are the books "Foundations of Computational Linguistics -- Human–Computer Communication in Natural Language", 2001, ISBN 978-3-540-42417-8 and "A Computational Model of Natural Language Communication", 2006, ISBN 978-3-540-35476-5.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: How to Build a Talking Robot

    Hausser, Roland

    Pages 1-14

  • Mystery Number One: Using Unanalyzed External Surfaces

    Hausser, Roland

    Pages 19-34

  • Mystery Number Two:Natural Language Communication Cycle

    Hausser, Roland

    Pages 35-53

  • Mystery Number Three: Memory Structure

    Hausser, Roland

    Pages 55-69

  • Mystery Number Four:Autonomous Control

    Hausser, Roland

    Pages 71-89

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Computational Linguistics and Talking Robots
Book Subtitle
Processing Content in Database Semantics
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-22432-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-22432-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-22431-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-42998-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 286
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