New book: Constraints and Language

2014-10-10-Constraints and language

by Camilla Simonsen
DHT researcher Henning Christiansen has edited a new book called Constraints and Language in cooperation with Director of Research at the Laboratoire Parole & Langage Philippe Blache, computing scientist of Simon Fraser University Verónica Dahl, professor of computer science at the University of Orléans Denys Duchier and associate professor at the Technical University of Denmark Jørgen Villadsen. The book is published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, and should be in stores about now.

Linguistics, computer science and psychology are some of the subjects that are mentioned in the book description as possible targetfields.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing’s description of Constraints and Language goes like this:

Book Description
The concept of “constraint” is widely used in linguistics, computer science, and psychology. However, its implementation varies widely depending on the research domain: namely, language description, knowledge representation, cognitive modelling, and problem solving. These various uses of constraints offer complementary views on intelligent mechanisms.

For example, in-depth descriptions implementing constraints are used in linguistics to filter out syntactic or discursive structures by means of dedicated description languages and constraint ranking. In computer science, the constraint programming paradigm views constraints as a whole, which can be used, for example, to build specific structures.

Finally, in psycholinguistics, experiments are carried out to investigate the role of constraints within cognitive processes (both in comprehension and production), with various applications such as dialog modelling for people with disabilities. In this context, Constraints and Language builds an extended overview of the use of constraints to model and process language.

This book will be useful for researchers willing to get a grip on the various uses of constraints in natural language processing, and also as a class book for academic staff who want to set up advanced courses around the concept of constraint-based natural language processing.

Might that be interesting to some of you people in the research field of Designing Human Technologies?

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