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First theory of language designed specifically to model the mechanism of natural language communication
Basis for man-machine communication in natural language
Contains more than 700 exercises for reviewing key ideas and important problems
The central task of a future-oriented computationallinguistics is the development of cognitive machines which humans can freely talk with in their respective naturallan guage. In the long run, this task will ensure the development of a functional theory of language, an objective method of verification, and a wide range of applications. Natural communication requires not only verbal processing, but also non-verbal perception and action. Therefore the content of this textbook is organized as a theory of language for the construction of talking robots. The main topic is the mechanism of natural language communication in both, the speaker and the hearer. The content is divided into the following parts: I. Theory of Language 11. Theory of Grammar III. Morphology and Syntax IV. Semantics and Pragmatics Each part consists of 6 chapters. Each of the 24 chapters consists of 5 sections. Alto gether 772 exercises help reviewing key ideas and important problems.
I. Theory of Language.- 1. Computational language analysis.- 2. Technology and grammar.- 3. Cognitive foundation of semantics.- 4. Language communication.- 5. Using language signs on suitable contexts.- 6. Structure and functioning of signs.- II. Theory of Grammar.- 7. Generative grammar.- 8. Language hierarchies and complexity.- 9. Basic notions of parsing.- 10. Left-associative grammar (LAG).- 11. Hierarchy of LA-grammar.- 12. LA- and PS-hierarchies in comparison.- III. Morphology and Synta.- 13. Words and morphemes.- 14. Word form recognition in LA-Morph.- 15. Corpus analysis.- 16. Basic concepts of syntax.- 17. LA-syntax for English.- 18. LA-syntax for German.- IV. Semantics and Pragmatics.- 19. Three system types of semantics.- 20. Truth, meaning, and ontology.- 21. Absolute and contingent propositions.- 22. Database semantics.- 23. Slim machine in the hearer mode.- 24. Slim machine in the speaker mode.- Name Index.