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AIC Seminar Series

Bridging the Gap Between Formal and Computational Semantics

Stephen PulmanUniversity of Oxford[Home Page]

Notice:  hosted by Ray Perrault

Date:  2007-03-28 at 16:00

Location:  EJ228  (Directions)

   Abstract

The literature in formal linguistic semantics contains a wealth of fine grained and detailed analyses of many linguistic phenomena. But very little of this work has found its way into implementations, despite a widespread feeling (among linguists at least) that this can’t be very difficult: just fix a grammar to produce the right logical forms and hook them up to a theorem prover. In this talk I take a representative analysis of adjectival comparatives and ask what steps one would have to go through so as to use this analysis in a computational setting like open domain question-answering. I then try to identify some general conclusions that can be drawn from this exercise.

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