Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy

Computing Meaning

Volume 2

Editors: Bunt, H., Muskens, Reinhard, Thijsse, E. (Eds.)

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This book is a collection of papers written by outstanding researchers in the newly emerging field of computational semantics. Computational semantics is concerned with the computation of the meanings of linguistic objects such as text fragments, spoken dialogue utterances, and e-mail messages. The meaning of such an object is determined partly by linguistic information and partly by information from the context in which the object occurs. The information from these sources is combined by processes that infer which interpretation of the object applies in the given context. This applies not only to notoriously difficult aspects of interpreting linguistic objects, such as indexicals, anaphora, and metonymy, but also to establishing the precise reference of common nouns and the scopes of noun phrases. The central issue in computational semantics is how processes of finding and combining the relevant linguistic and contextual information into contextually appropriate meanings can be organised.
Traditional approaches of applying context information to disambiguated natural language expressions do not work well, due to the massive ambiguity in natural language. Recent work in computational semantics suggests, alternatively, to represent linguistic semantic information in formal structures with underspecification, and to apply context information in inference processes that result in further specification of these representations. Underspecified representation and inference are therefore the key topics in this book.
The book is aimed at those linguists, computer scientists, and logicians who take an interest in the computation of meaning, and who want to know what is happening in this exciting field of research.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • From Lexical Item to Discourse Meaning: Computational and Representational Tools

    Bunt, Harry

    Pages 1-10

  • Inference and Computational Semantics

    Blackburn, Patrick (et al.)

    Pages 11-28

  • Building a Semantic Lexicon: Structuring and Generating Concepts

    Busa, Federica (et al.)

    Pages 29-51

  • In Search Of The Semantic Value(S) Of An Occurrence: An Example And A Framework

    Gayral, Fran├žoise (et al.)

    Pages 53-69

  • Agent-Dependent Metonymy in a Context-Change Model of Communication

    Bunt, Harry (et al.)

    Pages 71-95

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Computing Meaning
Book Subtitle
Volume 2
Editors
  • H. Bunt
  • Reinhard Muskens
  • E. Thijsse
Series Title
Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
Series Volume
77
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-010-0572-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-010-0572-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-0175-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-0451-3
Series ISSN
0924-4662
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 306
Topics