Accession Number:

ADA611685

Title:

The Understanding and Generation of Ellipses in a Natural Language System

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

CALIFORNIA UNIV BERKELEY COMPUTER SCIENCE DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-03-12

Pagination or Media Count:

30.0

Abstract:

Ellipsis in English can occur in many different forms. A large class of ellipses is isolated, encompassing such traditionally distinct linguistic rules as Right-node Raising, Gapping, VP-Deletion, Coordinate Reduction, and other phenomena which crosses sentence boundaries. The members of this class of ellipses involve implicit or explicit coordination. A uniform algorithm implemented in the UC Unix Consultant natural language system resolves the ellipses in this class, and constraints are given which govern the production of those ellipses. Justification is provided for the approach taken, and its limitations and applications are explored.

Subject Categories:

  • Linguistics
  • Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE