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Computing Natural Language

edited by Atocha Aliseda-Llera, Rob Van Glabbeek, and Dag Westerståhl

This book pursues the recent upsurge of research along the interface of logic, language and computation, adding connections to artificial intelligence and machine learning. It contains a variety of contributions to the logical and computational analysis of natural language. A wide range of logical and computational tools are employed, and applied to such varied areas as context-dependency, linguistic discourse, and formal grammar.

In more detail, the papers in this volume deal with context-dependency from philosophical, computational, and logical points of view; a logical framework for combining dynamic discourse semantics and preferential reasoning in AI; negative polarity items in connection with affective predicates; Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar from a perspective of type theory and category theory; and an axiomatic theory of machine learning of natural language, with applications to physics word problems.

Atocha Aliseda is Associate Professor at the Institute for Philosophical Research, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City, Mexico. Rob van Glabbeek is a research associate at the Compute Science Department of Stanford University. Dag Westerståhl is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University, Sweden.


  • Preface
  • Contributors
  • 1 Indexicals, Contexts and Unarticulated Constituents John Perry
  • 2 Formalizing Contexts (Expanded Notes) John McCarthy and Saša Buvač
  • 3 Changing Contexts and Shifting Assertations Johan van Benthem
  • 4 Discourse Preferences in Dynamic Logic Jan Jaspars and Megumi Kameyama
  • 5 Polarity, Predicates and Monotonicity Víctor Sánchez Valencia
  • 6 HPSG as Type Theory M. Andrew Moshier
  • 7 Machine Learning of Physics Word Problems Patrick Suppes, Michael Böttner, and Lin Liang
  • Index


ISBN (Paperback): 1575861003 (9781575861005)
ISBN (Cloth): 1575861011 (9781575861012)

Subject: Linguistics; Computational Linguistics

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