Paper: Partial Orderings And Aktionsarten In Discourse Representation Theory

ACL ID C88-1033
Title Partial Orderings And Aktionsarten In Discourse Representation Theory
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1988
Authors
  • Kurt Eberle (University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart Germany)

This paper presents an approach to deal with the underspecification of Aktionsarten in German sentences. In German the difference between an accomplishment and the associated progressive state is often not marked on the sentence level. This distinction is important for correctly interpreting texts and for translation into languages which provide morphological markings of Aktionsarten. To maintain compositionality we suggest a two-step analysis of a text with respect to the temporal relations and the classification as events or states. This analysis is guided by the Discourse Representation Theory developed by Kamp and makes use of world knowledge and an inference component. The problem of classification can be reformulated as the problem of finding an embedding function f from the represen...