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Programming for Linguists: Java Technology for Language Researchers

Programming for Linguists: Java Technology for Language Researchers

Michael Hammond

ISBN: 978-0-470-69294-3 April 2008 Wiley-Blackwell 224 Pages




Programming for Linguists: Java (TM) Technology for Language Researchers is a practical introduction to programming using the Java Programming Language for linguists and related language professionals.



1. Why Programming and Why Java Programming?.

2. Getting Started.

3. The Basics.

4. Input and Output.

5. Methods.

6. Objects.

7. Text Manipulation.

8. Graphical User Interfaces.

9. Graphics.

10. Applets.

Appendix A: Java 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, Swing.

Appendix B: Pattern Matching.

Appendix C: Servlets & CGI.


"This book is for people who want to get some computing done – particularly linguists, behavioral scientists, and scholars in the humanities. I plan to recommend it to my linguistics students who want to learn about computer programming." Michael A. Covington, Artificial Intelligence Center, University of Georgia

"Here finally is an introductory Java programming book that really enables anyone interested in working with language on a computer to learn how to do it. You don't have to be a ‘language researcher' to use this book – all you need is an interest in language and a willingness to learn the craft of object-oriented programming." D. Terence Langendoen, University of Arizona

"Surprisingly readable...should be on the bookshelf of any discourse analysist even thinking about tinkering with using computers to automate some portion of their data analysis... structured and written for maximum learning and understanding of the relevance of different programming features for a linguist." Discourse Studies

  • Exposes the general reader with an interest in language to the most usable and relevant aspects of Perl for writing programs that deal with language

  • Contains simple examples and exercises that gradually introduce the reader to the essentials of good programming

  • Assumes no prior programming experience

  • Accompanied by exercises at the end of each chapter and offers all the code on the companion website: