Semantic Interpretation Revisited.
BOLT BERANEK AND NEWMAN INC CAMBRIDGE MASS
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After providing brief overview of the BBN LUNAR system, the author discusses two of its deficiencies 1 the simple enumerate and test processing of quantified expressions in its meaning representation language and 2 its inadequate treatment of anaphora. The author make a rough classification of anaphoric expressions as groundwork towards formulating a general computational treatment of the phenomenon. In this classification, she establishes a distinction between 1 denotational anaphora references to previously mentioned objects, sets, events, states, etc. -- and 2 descriptional anaphora -- references to previous descriptions. The report concludes with an initial sketch of both a formal meaning representation language and some procedures seen needed for manipulating sentences of the language, which may provide a handle on some aspects of anaphor resolution.
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