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Computational Linguistics and Talking Robots

Processing Content in Database Semantics

Hausser, Roland

2011, XII, 286 p.

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  • 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

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.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Artificial intelligence - Cognitive psychology - Communication - Computational linguistics - Database semantics - Dialogue - Human–computer communication - Learning - Linguistics - Memory structure - Natural language processing - Robotics - Robots - Semantics - Talking robots

Related subjects » Artificial Intelligence - HCI - Linguistics - Robotics

Table of contents 

Chap. 1.- Introduction: How to Build a Talking Robot.- Part I.- Five Mysteries of Natural Language Communication.- Chap. 2.-  Mystery Number One: Using External Surfaces.-  Chap. 3.- Mystery Number Two: Cycle of Natural Language Communication.- Chap. 4.- Mystery Number Three: Memory Structure.- Chap. 5.- Mystery Number Four: Autonomous Control.- Chap. 6.- Mystery Number Five: Learning.- Part II.- The Coding of Content.- Chap. 7.- Semantic Relations of Structure.- Chap. 8.- Simultaneous Amalgamation of Content.- Chap. 9.- Graph-Theoretical Considerations.- Chap. 10.- Computing Perspective in Dialogue.- Chap. 11.- Computing Perspective in Text.- Chap. 12.- Conclusion.- Bibliography.

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