Attribute grammar specification for a natural language understanding interface

Z. Alexin, T. Gyimóthy, T. Horváth, K. Fábricz

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Abstract

The paper investigates key issues pertaining to Natural Language Interface [NLI] development. The notion of natural language understanding interfaces (NLUIs) is introduced. Special attention is devoted to problems related to the specification of natural language’static’ semantics. The points we raise involve the applicability of attribute grammars to NLUI design. The considerations to be developed stem from the insight gained through experience drawn from the creation of a NLUI to a software called THALES. THALES is a program package for plane geometry constructions. Following a brief introduction to the principal modules of the interface, an outline of the linguistic features of the sublanguage is presented. A more thorough description of the semantic module is given. It is argued that attribute grammars are highly suitable for specifying and generating different modules of NLUIs. The idea of differentiating between static and dynamic semantics as a basis for capturing NLUI semantics is introduced.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAttribute Grammars and their Applications - International Conference WAGA, Proceedings
EditorsPierre Deransart, Martin Jourdan
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages313-326
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783540531012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1990
EventInternational Workshop on Attribute Grammars and their Applications, WAGA 1990 - Paris, France
Duration: Sep 19 1990Sep 21 1990

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume461 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

OtherInternational Workshop on Attribute Grammars and their Applications, WAGA 1990
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period9/19/909/21/90

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  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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Alexin, Z., Gyimóthy, T., Horváth, T., & Fábricz, K. (1990). Attribute grammar specification for a natural language understanding interface. In P. Deransart, & M. Jourdan (Eds.), Attribute Grammars and their Applications - International Conference WAGA, Proceedings (pp. 313-326). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 461 LNCS). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/3-540-53101-7_22