Redundancy in Natural Language Processing


The paper will focus on the function of redundancy in language communication. In pure linguistics redundancy is considered to be superfluous information. It will be argued that theoretically redundancy cannot be derived from natural language, because on every level of language communication redundancy turns out to be the error controlled regulation of the system. A model will be shown to measure redundancy on the syntactic level of language processing.


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© The World Organisation of General Systems and Cybernetics 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Boot
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituut voor Toegepaste Taalkunde en ComputerlinguistiekRijksuniversiteit UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands

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