Paper: A Common Framework For Analysis And Generation

ACL ID E91-1055
Title A Common Framework For Analysis And Generation
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1991

It seems highly desirable to use a single representa- tion of linguistic knowledge for both analysis and generation. We argue that the only part of the average NL system's knowledge that we can have any faith in is its vocabulary and, to a lesser ex- tent, its syntactic rules, and we investigate the consequences of this for generation. 1 ANALYSIS Consider a typical NLU system. You give it a piece of text, say: (1) The house I live in is damp. It grinds away, trying out syntactic rules until it has an analysis of the structure of the text. The syntactic rules incorporate a semantic ele- ment, which automatically builds up a representa- tion of the meaning of the text in some appropri- ate formal language -- something like the follow- ing: presupp(.[3! B (hon,e(B) & p~e,uw(.[3 ! C (speaker(C...