Paper: Adaptation Of Montague Grammar To The Requirements Of Question-Answering

ACL ID C80-1030
Title Adaptation Of Montague Grammar To The Requirements Of Question-Answering
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1980
Authors

In this paper a new version of Montague Grammar (MG) is developed, which is suitable for application in question-answering systems. The general framework for the definition of syntax and semantics described in Montague's 'Universal Grammar' is taken as starting- point. This framework provides an elegant way of defining an interpretation for a natural language (NL): by means of a syntax-directed translation into a logical language for which an interpretation is defined directly. In the question-answering system PHLIQA i [i] NL questions are interpreted by translating them into a logical language, the Data Base Language, for which an interpretation is defin- ed by the data base. The similarity of this setup with the Montague framework is obvious. At first sight a QA system like this can be v...