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Tokens of Meaning

Papers in Honor of Lauri Karttunen

1st Edition

Lauri Karttunen has done groundbreaking work in theoretical and computational linguistics. The papers in this volume present new, state-of-the-art work building on his numerous contributions. The first part includes papers on formal semantics, the focus of Karttunen's early career to which he has returned in recent years. The second part provides a natural extension of his semantic work: the formal analysis of meaning and reasoning and the integration of the lexical and ontological components to enable reasoning by computational systems. The third part focuses on syntactic analyses, including the structure of non-finite clauses and sentence embedding predicates and factivity. The final part of the volume deals with finite state methods and grammars, reflecting Karttunen's extensive contributions to finite state theory and technology and its application to natural language.

599 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2019

Lecture Notes

Language and Linguistics: General Language and Linguistics


“This stellar collection brings together leading international researchers in theoretical and computational linguistics to offer their insights on morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and inference. Drawing on a great diversity of modern formal approaches to these problems, it will be read and referenced for years to come.”

Mark Steedman, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh

“The papers collected in this volume—written by a veritable who's who of major figures in theoretical and computational linguistics—cover the topics that Lauri Karttunen has made important contributions to in the past half century: discourse referents; implicatives; questions; finite-state transducers and their application to morphology; and ‘natural’ reasoning. It is a wonderful tribute to Lauri's oeuvre that I am very much looking forward to owning and reading.”

Hinrich Schütze, Center for Information and Language Processing, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

“This enjoyable collection of studies on linguistic structure and meaning and their computational processing is inspired by Lauri Karttunen, and the papers reflect the wide-ranging nature of his work, from his seminal insights into meaning and grammatical structure to his computational innovations in finite-state models and applying rich semantic models to natural language understanding.”

Dan Jurafsky, Stanford University

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