A local grammar of definition sentences
Geoff Barnbrook | University of Birmingham
Definition is a basic activity of language, of particular importance to linguists because of its use of language to describe itself. Beyond this inherent significance as a crucial element of language study, definitions also provide a rich potential source of the information needed for Natural Language Processing systems. This book describes an investigation of the subset of general language used in definition sentences and the development of a taxonomy of definition types, a grammar of definition sentences and parsing software which can extract their functional components. The work is based on definition sentences used in one of the dictionaries from the Cobuild range, and the book includes a brief history of the development of monolingual English dictionaries, an assessment of the concepts of sublanguages and local grammars and a full exploration of the results of the analysis and of the present and future applications of the taxonomy, grammar and parser.
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 11] 2002. xvi, 281 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements | p. vii
Brief description | p. ix
1. Language, definitions and dictionaries | pp. 1–13
2. Monolingual English dictionaries | pp. 15–57
3. Grammars, parsers, sublanguages and local grammars | pp. 59–95
4. Methodology | pp. 97–133
5. The definition type taxonomy | pp. 135–160
6. The definition language grammar and its parser | pp. 161–212
7. Evaluation and applications | pp. 213–252
Appendix 1 | pp. 253–256
Appendix 2 | pp. 257–262
Appendix 3Simon Krek | pp. 263–267
Definitions index | pp. 273–277
Names index | p. 278
Terms index | pp. 279–280
“I benefited a great deal from reading this book, as it has forced me to think about possible dimensions of the analysis of language independent of the more traditional ones of syntax and semantics.”
Stefano Bertolo on Linguist List Vol-14-196, 2003
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