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June 12, 2012 7:34 AM Subscribe
What are some good references (papers or books) that address the difficulty of computers to understand natural language?
posted by iconjack to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
When Chomsky and others published their theories a half a century ago, it looked like we were well on our way to computers that could understand natural language. This turned out to be WAY too optimistic. Presumably the core difficulty is that so much context (in the form of human experience) is needed to fully grok even a simple sentence.
I'm looking for reasonably scholarly accounts of this huge wall that natural language researchers hit in the 1970s.