First published in 1982. Simply defined, the field of natural language processing is concerned with theories and techniques that address the problem of natural language communication with computers. One of the goals of this research is to design computer programs that will allow people to interact with computers in natural conversational dialogues.

part I|32 pages


chapter 1|30 pages

The State of the Art in Natural-Language Understanding

ByDavid L. Waltz

part II|165 pages

Implementation Issues

chapter 2|18 pages

Realistic Language Comprehension

ByChristopher K. Riesbeck

chapter 3|34 pages

Natural Communication Between Person and Computer

ByBertram C. Bruce

chapter 4|59 pages

Parsing and Comprehending with Word Experts (A Theory and its Realization)

BySteve Small, Chuck Rieger

chapter 5|28 pages

An Overview of the FRUMP System

ByGerald DeJong

chapter 6|21 pages

A Framework for Conceptual Analyzers

ByAnatole V. Gershman

part III|96 pages

Conversation and Discourse

chapter 7|19 pages

Conversation Failure

ByMartin H. Ringle, Bertram C. Bruce

chapter 8|21 pages

Towards an Understanding of Coherence in Discourse

ByJerry R. Hobbs

chapter 9|30 pages

Beyond Question Answering

ByPhilip R. Cohen, C. Raymond Perrault, James F. Allen

chapter 10|20 pages

Adversary Arguments and the Logic of Personal Attacks

ByMargot Flowers, Rod McGuire, Lawrence Birnbaum

part IV|118 pages

Knowledge Representation

chapter 12|18 pages

Inferring Building Blocks For Knowledge Representation

BySharon C. Salvetert

chapter 13|30 pages

Points: A Theory of the Structure of Stories in Memory

ByRobert Wilensky

chapter 14|38 pages

Plot Units: A Narrative Summarization Strategy

ByWendy G. Lehnert

part V|104 pages

Theoretical Issues

chapter 15|20 pages

Metaphor: An Inescapable Phenomenon in Natural-Language Comprehension

ByJaime G. Carbonell

chapter 16|20 pages

Context Recognition in Language Comprehension

ByEugene Charniak

chapter 17|39 pages

Reminding and Memory Organization: An Introduction to MOPs

ByRoger C. Schank

chapter 18|22 pages

Some Thoughts on Procedural Semantics

ByYorick Wilks