A Linguistic Overview of the Nigel Text Generation Grammar.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MARINA DEL REY INFORMATION SCIENCES INST
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Recent text generation research resembles recent research in synthesis of vaccines. The research is designed to construct entities which previously arose naturally. This constructive approach creates practical and theoretical benefits. Our text generation research has produced a large systemic English grammar, which is embedded in a computer program. This grammar, which is called Nigel, generates sentences. It is controlled by a semantic stratum which has been added to the basic systemic framework. This paper describes the program, which also is called Nigel. It identifies augmentations of various precedents in the systemic framework, and it indicates the current status of the program. The paper has a dual focus. First, on Nigels processes, it describes the methods Nigel uses to control text to fulfill a purpose by using its new semantic stratum. Second, concerning Nigels interactions with its environment, it shows reasons why Nigel is easily embedded in a larger experimental program. Although the paper does not focus on Nigels syntactic scope, that its scope is non-trivial is indicated by the fact that all of the sentence and clause structures of this abstract are within that syntactic scope. Author