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This volume focuses on those theories of discourse which have already been used for implementation and on those applications which aim for generality. Reflecting the state of the art in the field, the emphasis is on semantic aspects of discourse processing, but syntactic and pragmatic aspects are discussed as well. What this volume provides, is not so much a contribution to any particular theory nor a description of an implemented system, but rather a survey of existing theories and a succinct assessment of their relevance for natural language processing (NLP). 'Formal semantics for natural language: a non-technical overview' sketches a broad survey of this line of research, paying special attention to the context dependent aspects of interpretation and to the integration of syntax and semantics. The second chapter, 'Speech act theory and its relevance for computational linguistics', discusses applications concerned with dialogues (ie pieces of text with an explicit speaker-hearer interaction). Together, the chapters on formal semantics and speech act theory provide a background for the next three chapters which concentrate on the representation and interpreation of texts. The final chapter discusses a number of systems and applications, which are often grouped under the heading of Artificial Intelligence.

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Authors: VAN EYNDE F, Universiteit Leuven, Centrum Voor Computerlinguistiek (BE);ALLEGRANZA V (EDITORS), Gruppo Dima, Torino (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: EN (1995) 192pp.
Availability: Available from the (2)
ISBN: ISSN 1017-6568
Record Number: 199512187 / Last updated on: 1996-03-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en