Paper: Semantic Abstraction And Anaphora

ACL ID C90-1003
Title Semantic Abstraction And Anaphora
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1990
  • Mark Johnson (Brown University, Providence RI)
  • Martin Kay (Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto CA; Stanford University, Stanford CA)

on and Anaphora Mark Johnson Brown University Martin Kay Xerox Pale Alto Research Center and Stanford University Abstract This paper describes a way of expressing syn- tactic rules that ~kssociate semantic formulae with strings, but in a manner thai is inde- pendent of the syntactic details of these for- mulac. In particular we show how the same rules construct predicate argument formulae in the style of Montague grammar[131, rap_ resentations reminiscent of situation seman- tics(Barwise and Perry 121) and of the event logic of Davidson [5], or representations in- spired by the discourse representations pro- posed by Kamp [191. The idea is that seman- tic representations are specilied indirectly us- ing semantic construction operators, which en- force an abstraction barrier between the gra...