Paper: On The Semantics Of Focus Phenomena In EUROTRA

ACL ID C88-2131
Title On The Semantics Of Focus Phenomena In EUROTRA
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1988

In this paper, we discuss issues connected to the phenomenon of linguistic FOCUS or INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION in the sentence in the context of the multi-lingual machine translation project EUROTRA. We shall present some of the arguments why a consideration of FOCUS phenomena is important for the determination of linear order and for semantic interpretation. We shall proceed, in sections 2 and 3 of the paper, to mention the main lines of development in the dicussion of FOCUS phenomena in Computational Linguistics and in Linguistics respectively. Section 4 contains an illustration of a pilot implementation covering some aspects of FOCUS phenomena in EUROTRA-D. 1. Problem description 1.1. The determination of linear order in the clause An initial, but faulty assumption, underlying a possible ...