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Reference and Computation

Reference and Computation
An Essay in Applied Philosophy of Language

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Part of Studies in Natural Language Processing

  • Date Published: August 1990
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521399821

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  • This book deals with a major problem in the study of language: the problem of reference. The ease with which we refer to things in conversation is deceptive. Upon closer scrutiny, it turns out that we hardly ever tell each other explicitly what object we mean, although we expect our interlocutor to discern it. Amichai Kronfeld provides an answer to two questions associated with this: how do we successfully refer, and how can a computer be programmed to achieve this? Beginning with the major theories of reference, Dr Kronfeld provides a consistent philosophical view which is a synthesis of Frege's and Russell's semantic insights with Grice's and Searle's pragmatic theories. This leads to a set of guiding principles, which are then applied to a computational model of referring. The discussion is made accessible to readers from a number of backgrounds: in particular, students and researchers in the areas of computational linguistics, artificial intelligence and the philosophy of language will want to read this book.

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    • Date Published: August 1990
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521399821
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.345kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    Foreword
    Preface
    1. Methods and scope
    2. The descriptive approach
    3. First steps
    4. Referring intentions and goals
    5. Conversationally relevant descriptions
    6. Thoughts and objects
    7. Computational models
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Amichai Kronfeld

    Foreword

    John Searle

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