Paper: How To Drive A Database Front End Using General Semantic Information

ACL ID A83-1013
Title How To Drive A Database Front End Using General Semantic Information
Venue Applied Natural Language Processing Conference
Session Main Conference
Year 1983
Authors

This paper describes a front end for natural language access to databases making extensive use of general, l~. domain-independent, semantic information for question interpretation. In the interests of portability, initial syntactic and semantic processing of a question is carried out without any reference to the database domain, and domain-dependent operations are confined to subsequent, comparatively straightforward. processing o£ the initial interpretation. The different modules of the front end are described, and the system's performance is illustrated by examples. I I~TRODUC'TION Following the developmemt 0£ various front ends for natural language access to databases, it is now generally agreed that such a front end must utillse at least three different kinds of knowledge to accompli...