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Computing Meaning: Volume 2 by Harry Bunt (auth.), Harry Bunt, Reinhard Muskens, Elias

By Harry Bunt (auth.), Harry Bunt, Reinhard Muskens, Elias Thijsse (eds.)

This publication is a set of papers written by way of impressive researchers within the newly rising box of computational semantics. Computational semantics is anxious with the computation of the meanings of linguistic items akin to textual content fragments, spoken discussion utterances, and electronic mail messages. The that means of such an item is decided in part via linguistic details and partially via info from the context within which the thing happens. the knowledge from those assets is mixed by means of tactics that infer which interpretation of the item applies within the given context. this is applicable not just to notoriously tough facets of examining linguistic items, resembling indexicals, anaphora, and metonymy, but additionally to setting up the best reference of universal nouns and the scopes of noun words. The relevant factor in computational semantics is how methods of discovering and mixing the correct linguistic and contextual info into contextually acceptable meanings should be organised.
conventional techniques of making use of context info to disambiguated common language expressions don't paintings good, as a result of the monstrous ambiguity in common language. contemporary paintings in computational semantics indicates, on the other hand, to symbolize linguistic semantic details in formal buildings with underspecification, and to use context info in inference methods that bring about additional specification of those representations. Underspecified illustration and inference are accordingly the major subject matters during this e-book.
The ebook is aimed toward these linguists, computing device scientists, and logicians who take an curiosity within the computation of which means, and who need to know what's occurring during this fascinating box of research.

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In his paper. (typos) b. in his relationship with Mary. (eventualities) (4) a. In the library I found many materials about the D-Day. (semiotic_ artifacts) b. The materials for the roof are in the garden. (physicaCobjects) c. Please, send me all the materials you have about the new project. (information) BUILDING A SEMANTIC LEXICON 33 For instance, something is a priority if it is regarded to have precedence over other entities, independently of its specific nature. Similarly, the meaning conveyed by materials is exclusively functional, irrespectively of the specific 'substratum' (concrete or abstract) of the entity.

Finally, when the verb occurs intransitively, it is completely neutral between making mistakes in doing something or mistaking something for something else. Thus, the verbal predicate should actually receive an underspecified description, on tum interacting with particular aspects of the semantic content of its arguments. This again supports an approach to lexical modeling in which items are analysed at multiple levels of description, referring simultaneously to dimensions such as the origin or function of entities.

INFERENCE AND COMPUTATIONAL SEMANTICS 27 REFERENCES Allen, J. (1995) Natural Language Understanding. Amsterdam: Ben·· jamin/Cummings, 2nd edition. , I. Nemeti, and J. Van Benthem: 1998) Modal Languages and Bounded Fragments of Predicate Logic. Journal of Philosophical Logic 27(3), 217-274. Baumgartner, P. (2000) FDPLL - A First-Order Davis-Putnam-Logeman-Loveland Procedure. In: D. ): CADE-17 - The 17th International Conference on Automated Deduction. Berlin: Springer Verlag. To appear. Bibel, W.

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