Paper: Interpreting Singular Definite Descriptions In Database Queries

ACL ID E85-1031
Title Interpreting Singular Definite Descriptions In Database Queries
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1985
Authors

The paper examines some of the cha- racteristic features of natural langua- ge interaction with a database system and its implications for the processing of singular definite descriptions. Some proposals are made for assessing the uniqueness claim of the singular defini- te article in the context of retrieval from a relational database. Other stan- dard assumptions such as the extensio- nal evaluation and referent evaluation exclusively in the database - rather than within the discourse model - are critically examined.