Foreword

Yorick Wilks,     New Mexico State University

This is an important book, one that focuses on problems in language understanding by computer that many, in traditions other than that of the present editors, would prefer to forget.

They are close to a tradition (though they may not agree with this characterization!) I shall call “computational semantics” in a sense fairly well understood in artificial intelligence and computational linguistics but one not beyond dispute by other users of the term “semantics.” I shall just state the sense intended, because my purpose here is not to defend the use, which has been done often enough, but to use it to introduce the chapters in this book.

What is “Computational Semantics?”

As is often the ...

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