Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: doi:10.22028/D291-24858
Title: A feature-based syntax/semantics interface
Author(s): Nerbonne, John
Language: English
Year of Publication: 1992
OPUS Source: Kaiserslautern ; Saarbrücken : DFKI, 1992
SWD key words: Künstliche Intelligenz
DDC notations: 004 Computer science, internet
Publikation type: Report
Abstract: Syntax/Semantics interfaces using unification-based or feature-based formalisms are increasingly common in the existing computational linguistics literature. The primary reason for attempting to specify a syntax/semantics interface in feature structures is that it harmonizes so well with the way in which syntax is now normally described; this close harmony means that syntactic and semantic processing (and indeed other processing, see below) can be as tightly coupled as one wishes - indeed, there need not be any fundamental distinction between them at all. In this paper, we first point out several advantages of the unification-based view of the syntax/semantics interface over standard views. These include (i) a more flexible relation to nonsyntactic constraints on semantics; (ii) a characterization of semantic ambiguity, which in turn provides a framework in which to describe disambiguation, and (iii) the opportunity to underspecify meanings in a way difficult to reconcile with other views. The last point is illustrated with an application to the notorious scope ambiguity problem.
Link to this record: urn:nbn:de:bsz:291-scidok-36111
Series name: Research report / Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz [ISSN 0946-008x]
Series volume: 92-42
Date of registration: 27-May-2011
Faculty: SE - Sonstige Einrichtungen
Department: SE - DFKI Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
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