Language and Computers

Language and Computers

Markus Dickinson, Chris Brew

Language: English

Pages: 250

ISBN: 1405183055

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Language and Computers introduces students to the fundamentals of how computers are used to represent, process, and organize textual and spoken information. Concepts are grounded in real-world examples familiar to students’ experiences of using language and computers in everyday life.

  • A real-world introduction to the fundamentals of how computers process language, written specifically for the undergraduate audience, introducing key concepts from computational linguistics.
  • Offers a comprehensive explanation of the problems computers face in handling natural language
  • Covers a broad spectrum of language-related applications and issues, including major computer applications involving natural language and the social and ethical implications of these new developments
  • The book focuses on real-world examples with which students can identify, using these to explore the technology and how it works
  • Features “under-the-hood” sections that give greater detail on selected advanced topics, rendering the book appropriate for more advanced courses, or for independent study by the motivated reader.

















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understand sentences of surprising complexity. In the next nine or ten years of childhood, more and more words and complex language structures are acquired, with some structures such as passive sentences being added relatively late, around nine or ten years of age. These typical stages of first language acquisition are essentially the same across all languages and cultures, and they apply, with some individual variation, to almost all children. If a child can hear, has a normal social life, and

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useful partial solution for this task, which is known as parsing, is described in detail in Section 2.4.1. Finally, the remaining step, the one that generates the target language words from the interlingua, is also a difficult research topic on which much effort and ink has been spent. In summary, the interlingua idea is useful because it clarifies what would need to be done in order to build an excellent MT system based on solid linguistic principles. This is helpful as a focus for research, but

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