An Introduction to Language Processing with Perl and Prolog

An Outline of Theories, Implementation, and Application with Special Consideration of English, French, and German

  • Pierre M. Nugues

Part of the Cognitive Technologies book series (COGTECH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. Pages 87-112
  3. Pages 213-242
  4. Pages 243-275
  5. Pages 277-315
  6. Pages 343-375
  7. Pages 377-410
  8. Pages 411-431
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 487-514

About this book


The areas of natural language processing and computational linguistics have continued to grow in recent years, driven by the demand to automatically process text and spoken data. With the processing power and techniques now available, research is scaling up from lab prototypes to real-world, proven applications.

This book teaches the principles of natural language processing, first covering linguistics issues such as encoding, entropy, and annotation schemes; defining words, tokens and parts of speech; and morphology. It then details the language-processing functions involved, including part-of-speech tagging using rules and stochastic techniques; using Prolog to write phase-structure grammars; parsing techniques and syntactic formalisms; semantics, predicate logic and lexical semantics; and analysis of discourse, and applications in dialog systems. The key feature of the book is the author's hands-on approach throughout, with extensive exercises, sample code in Prolog and Perl, and a detailed introduction to Prolog. The reader is supported with a companion website that contains teaching slides, programs, and additional material.

The book is suitable for researchers and students of natural language processing and computational linguistics.


Parsing computational linguistics corpus linguistics morphology natural language processing semantics

Authors and affiliations

  • Pierre M. Nugues
    • 1
  1. 1.Institutionen för DatavetenskapLunds Tekniska HögskolaLundSweden

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