Paper: Generating English Paraphrases From Formal Relational Calculus Expressions

ACL ID C86-1136
Title Generating English Paraphrases From Formal Relational Calculus Expressions
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1986
Authors

This paper discusses a system for producing English descriptions (or "paraphrases") of tile content of formal relational calculus (RC) formulae expressing a database (DB) query. It explains the underlying design motivations and describes a conceptual model and focus selection mechanism necessary for delivering coherent paraphrases. The general paraphrasing strategy is discussed, as are the notions of "desirable" paraphrase and "paraphrasable qnery". Two examples are included. The system was developed and implemented in Prolog at the University of Essex under a grant from ICL.