Paper: Dictionary Text Entries As A Source Of Knowledge For Syntactic And Other Disambiguations

ACL ID A88-1021
Title Dictionary Text Entries As A Source Of Knowledge For Syntactic And Other Disambiguations
Venue Applied Natural Language Processing Conference
Session Main Conference
Year 1988
Authors

Online reference books may be thought of as knowledge bases. We describe here how infor- mation in the text of machine-readable dictionary entries can be processed to help determine the proper attachment of prepositional phrases and relative clauses; the resolution of some cases of pronoun reference; and the interpretation of dangling modifiers. This approach also suggests the possibility of bypassing conventional efforts at hand-coding semantic information, efforts which ate time-consuming and usually incom- plete. 0. INTRODUCrION Online reference books may be thought of as knowledge bases, with data structures encoded in natural language. We have developed a system that reasons heuristically about the comparative likelihood of various potential attachments for prepositional phrases in En...