Paper: An Estimate of Referent of Noun Phrases in Japanese Sentences

ACL ID C98-2145
Title An Estimate of Referent of Noun Phrases in Japanese Sentences
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1998
Authors

In machine translation and man-machine dialogue, it is important to clarify' referents of noun phrases. We present a method for determining the referents of noun phrases in Japanese sentences by using the referential properties, modifiers, and possessors 1 of noun phrases. Since the Japanese language has no articles, it is difficult to decide whether a noun phrase has an antecedent or not. We had previously estimated the referential properties of noun phrases that correspond to articles by using clue words in the sentences (Murata and Nagao 1993). By using these referential properties, our system determined tile referents of noun phrases ill Japanese se,ltences. Furthermore we used the modifiers and possessors of noun phrases in determining the referents of noun phrases. As...