Paper: Sentence Adverbials In A System Of Question Answering Without A Prearranged Data Base

ACL ID C86-1015
Title Sentence Adverbials In A System Of Question Answering Without A Prearranged Data Base
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1986
Authors

In the present paper we provide a report on a joint approach to the computational treatment of sentence adverbials (such as surprisingly, presumably or probably) and focussing adverbials (such as onl~ or a__ E least, including negation (not) and some other adverbial expressions, such as for examE_ ~ or inter alia) within a system of question answering without a prearranged data base (TIBAQ). This approach is based on a joint theoretical account of the expressions in question in the framework of a functional description of language; we argue that in the primary case, the expressions in question occupy, in the underlying topic- focus articulation of a sentence, the focus- initial position, extending their scope over the focus, or the new information, of a sentence, thus specifying, in a broa...