A Computational Model of Natural Language Communication
Interpretation, Inference, and Production in Database Semantics
Hausser, Roland R.
2006, XII, 365 p.
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Everyday life would be easier if we could simply by talk with machines. Realizing this ideal requires a practical theory of natural language communication that encompasses a grammatical analysis of language signs, and 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. This book proposes a theory of natural language communication that is complete with respect to function and data coverage, of low mathematical complexity, and suitable for efficient computer implementation.
Part I of the book describes at high level an artificial agent with which humans can freely communicate in their accustomed language. Part II analyzes the major constructions of natural language: 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 offers researchers, graduate students and software engineers a functional framework for the theoretical analysis of natural language com
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Action - Cognition - algorithms - language - natural language - natural language processing - semantics