Accession Number : ADA125253


Title :   Nigel: A Systemic Grammar for Text Generation.


Descriptive Note : Research rept.,


Corporate Author : UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MARINA DEL REY INFORMATION SCIENCES INST


Personal Author(s) : Mann,William C ; Matthiessen,Christian M I M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a125253.pdf


Report Date : Feb 1983


Pagination or Media Count : 82


Abstract : Programming a computer to write text which meets a prior need is a challenging research task. As part of such research, Nigel, a large programmed grammar of English, has been created in the framework of systemic linguistics begun by Halliday. In addition to specifying function and structures of English, Nigel has a novel semantic stratum which specifies the situations in which each grammatical feature should be used. The report consists of three papers on Nigel: an introductory overview, the script of a demonstration of its use in generation, and an exposition of how Nigel relates to the systemic framework. Although the effort to develop Nigel is significant both as computer science research and as linguistic inquiry the outlook of the report is oriented to its linguistic significance.


Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMMING , COMPUTER PROGRAM DOCUMENTATION , SYSTEMS ENGINEERING , NETWORKS , PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES , SEMANTICS , STRUCTURES , INFORMATION RETRIEVAL , ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE , NETWORK ANALYSIS(MANAGEMENT) , SYNTAX , LINGUISTICS , TEXT PROCESSING , PARSERS , GRAMMARS , ENGLISH LANGUAGE


Subject Categories : Information Science
      Computer Programming and Software
      Computer Systems


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE