Constraints, Language and Computation

Constraints, Language and Computation

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Constraint-based linguistics is intersected by three fields: logic, linguistics, and computer sciences. The central theme that ties these different disciplines together is the notion of a linguistic formalism or metalanguage. This metalanguage has good mathematical properties, is designed to express descriptions of language, and has a semantics that can be implemented on a computer. Constraints, Language and Computation discusses the theory and practice of constraint-based computational linguistics. The book captures both the maturity of the field and some of its more interesting future prospects during a particulary important moment of development in this field.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 26mm | 698.53g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 0125979304
  • 9780125979306

Table of contents

Overview. Structures, Language and Translations: The Structural Approach to Feature Logic. Some Remarks on the Logic of Unification Grammars. A Feature Value Logic with Intensionality, Nonwell Foundedness and Functional and Relational Dependencies. Properties of Horn Clauses in Feature-Structure Logic. The Formal and Computational Theory of Complex Constraint Solution. Describing Sets with Sets: Remarks on the Use and Interpretation of Set-Valued Feature Structures. Feature Logic with Weak Subsumption Constraints. Feature-Value Logics. Some Limits on the Role of Defaults. Constraint Propogation and Semamtic Representation. Meanings as Constraints on Information States. Derivation Without Lexical Rules. Head Corner Parsing. Shake-And-Bake Translation. Bibliography. Index.
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About Rosner

Torrence V. Johnson is a specialist on icy satellites in the solar system. He has written over 130 publications for scientific journals. He received a Ph.D. in planetary science from the California Institute of Technology and is now a Senior Research Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is the Project Scientist for the Galileo mission and is the recipient of two NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medals and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.
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