Prof. Dr. Franz Guenthner
Franz Guenthner is a professor of Computational Linguistics at the Center for Information and Language Processing at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich, Germany. His background is in philosophy and linguistics.
Guenthner's research interests include computational linguistics, and has collaborated to the development of a number of online search platforms since 1996: AltaVista, Fast Search and Transfer (now purchased by Microsoft), RealNames, JobaNova, Exorbyte, and All The Web.
He was a professor of General and Computational Linguistics at the University of Tübingen (1977–1989) before joining the LMU in 1990. His research interests include all areas of text processing and in particular the transformation of textual corpora in lexical and grammatical representations (i.e. computationally deployable electronic dictionaries and local grammars).
He was also instrumental in the design and realization of a number of search engines, in particular of the first large-scale scientific search engine on the web www.scirus.com. His present work concerns the use of linguistic techniques in page and link analysis on the web, especially for the construction of vertical search engines.
The language processing technologies developed by virtualworks are based on more than 40 years of research in linguistics, computational linguistics and computer science at a number of universities in particular the University of Munich and the University of Paris. Dozens of Phd theses and research monographs in finite state technology, lexical analysis, parsing, formal semantics etc. have provided the theoretical underpinnings of the approach to linguistic analysis and computation implemented by VirtualWorks.
A small selection of relevant material is listed here (more comprehensive guides to our theoretical assumptions and methods will gladly be made available upon request):
Maurel, D. and F. Guenthner Automata and Dictionaries, 2006, London.
Geierhos, D. BiographIE 2010, Lincom, Munich.
Schuster, J. Predicate-Driven Grammar 2008, Lincom, Munich
Zangenfeind, R. Grammatik der Paraphrase, 2010, Lincom, Munich
Gabbay, D. and F. Guenthner Handbook of Philosophical Logic, Springer.
Maier, P. Lexikon und automatische Lemmatisierung, CIS, 1995.
Blanc, O. Algorithmes d'analyse syntaxique par grammaires lexicalisées : optimisation et traitement de l'ambiguïté, 2006, Paris
Blanc, O. LT-Locate Manual, VirtualWorks/Language Tools, 2015 (available upon request)
Schuster, J. TexLex Manual, VirtualWorks/Language Tools, 2015 (available upon request)