Language and Computers : A Practical Introduction to the Computer Analysis of Language
This book is a first-stop introduction to corpus-based language research. It takes the reader systematically through the practical problems and benefits including the points to be reviewed before using computers, obtaining corpus material, the main analytical tools and the most important applications of computerised natural language processing. Each chapter offers guidance on programming where appropriate at a level suitable for readers with no prior experience, and provides exercises to help the reader to apply the principles covered. Case studies are used to show how the techniques are used in genuine research situations. * Provides and introduction to computer analysis, techniques, the practical problems involved in using them and their potential benefits * The guidance on programming provides a basic tool kit for use and devleopment by readers with no previous experience. * The exercises at the end of each chapter allow readers to test their understanding and to develop an effective approach to their own research problems. * The case studies demonstrate the use of the techniques described in real research situations.
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- Hardback | 208 pages
- 156 x 234 x 20mm | 464g
- 01 Sep 1996
- EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Edinburgh, United Kingdom
- glossary, exercises
Table of contents
Why use a computer?; first capture your data; examining the catch - the use of frequency lists; studying the environment - using concordances; the sociology of words - collocation analysis; putting them in their place - tagging, parsing and so on; the leading edge - applications of Natural Language Processing; case studies. Appendices: Programming languages for language programming; Awk - a very brief introduction; detailed programming examples.
Well illustrated ...The book contains much good practical advice for students. -- Chris Butler, University College of Ripon and York St John A useful and very accessible introduction to the use of nonlinguistic computational techniques in corpus analysis. -- Frank Van Eynde Well illustrated ...The book contains much good practical advice for students. A useful and very accessible introduction to the use of nonlinguistic computational techniques in corpus analysis.