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Language, Cohesion and Form

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Part of Studies in Natural Language Processing

  • Date Published: January 2006
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  • isbn: 9780511133183

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  • Margaret Masterman was a pioneer in the field of computational linguistics. Working in the earliest days of language processing by computer, she believed that meaning, not grammar, was the key to understanding languages, and that machines could determine the meaning of sentences. She was able, even on simple machines, to undertake sophisticated experiments in machine translation, and carried out important work on the use of semantic codings and thesauri to determine the meaning structure of texts. This volume brings together Masterman's groundbreaking papers for the first time. Through his insightful commentaries, Yorick Wilks argues that Masterman came close to developing a computational theory of language meaning based on the ideas of Wittgenstein, and shows the importance of her work in the philosophy of science and the nature of iconic languages. Of key interest in computational linguistics and artificial intelligence, it will remind scholars of Masterman's significant contribution to the field.

    • Makes available work that is now difficult or impossible to find in original sources
    • Full commentaries on each paper by a leading computational linguist
    • Brings to the forefront Margaret Masterman's pioneering work in an important technical field
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    Review of the hardback: 'we should be grateful to Wilks and the publisher for making these papers available.' Computational Linguistics

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    • Date Published: January 2006
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511133183
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Basic Forms for Language Structure:
    1. Words
    2. Fans and heads
    3. Classification, concept-formation and language
    Part II. The Thesaurus as a Tool for Machine Translation:
    4. The potentialities of a mechanical thesaurus
    5. What is a thesaurus?
    Part III. Experiments in Machine Translation:
    6. 'Agricola in curvo terram dimovit aratro'
    7. Mechanical pidgin translation
    8. Translation
    Part IV. Phrasings, Breath Groups and Text Processing:
    9. Commentary on the guberina hypothesis
    10. Semantic algorithms
    Part V. Metaphor, Analogy and the Philosophy of Science:
    11. Braithwaite and Kuhn: analogy-clusters within and without hypothetico-deductive systems in science
    Bibliography of the scientific works of Margaret Masterman
    Other references.

  • Author

    Margaret Masterman


    Yorick Wilks, University of Sheffield

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