[Corpora-List] Broader linguistic resources

Diana Santos dianamsmpsantos at gmail.com
Tue Feb 12 18:47:06 CET 2013


A completeley different way, but which I think could be interesting to pursue, would be Keith Johnson's Quantitative methods in linguistics. Blackwell, 2008.

Although its purpose is to teach statistics, he uses examples from almost all kinds of linguistic areas, and therefore may provide a nice introduction to all sorts of other relevant linguistic areas of inquiry, given that your concern is precisely that, if an NLPer is for example in syntax, s/he has no knowledge of sociolinguistics, phonetics or psycholinguistics, to name just a few of the other areas covered by that book.

Another one which is certainly outdated but has its merits for exactly introducing the reader to a broad range of issues is Computers and human language, by George W. Smith, 1991. I used it when I taught NLP to computer science students back in 1994 :-)

Hope to have helped, Diana -- Diana Santos Univ. of Oslo

2013/2/12 Mcenery, Tony <a.mcenery at lancaster.ac.uk>:
> For a very broad introduction to the study of the English language, there is:
>
> J. Culpeper, F. Katamba, P. Kerswill, R. Wodak, T. McEnery (Eds.) (2009) English Language: Description, Variation and Context Basingstoke: Palgrave.
>
>
>
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> From: corpora-bounces at uib.no [corpora-bounces at uib.no] on behalf of Dominic P Rout [d.rout at sheffield.ac.uk]
> Sent: 12 February 2013 13:55
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> Subject: [Corpora-List] Broader linguistic resources
>
> Hello all
>
> I was recently discussing the work of Steven Pinker with a colleague,
> and we talked about how one thing lacked by many PhD students in NLP
> is a broader understanding of language, outside of their chosen field.
>
> It was suggested that I ask this list the following question:
>
> What are some useful, broad and accessible overview books about
> language (specifically in English) that might be useful to a student
> of NLP wishing to broaden their horizons?
>
> Does anyone have any answers, or starting points?
>
> Thanks
> Dominic Rout
> PhD Student
> Natural Language Processing Group
> The University of Sheffield
> http://domrout.co.uk
>
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