Paper: Delimitedness And Trajectory-Of-Motion Events

ACL ID E93-1048
Title Delimitedness And Trajectory-Of-Motion Events
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1993

The first part of the paper develops a novel, sortally-based approach to the problem of aspectual composition. The account is ar- gued to be superior on both empirical and computational grounds to previous seman- tic approaches relying on referential homo- geneity tests. While the account is re- stricted to manner-of-motion verbs, it does cover their interaction with mass terms, amount phrases, locative PPs, and dis- tance, frequency, and temporal modifiers. The second part of the paper describes an implemented system based on the theoret- ical treatment which determines whether a specified sequence of events is or is not possible under varying situationally sup- plied constraints, given certain restrictive and simplifying assumptions. Briefly, the system extracts a set of constraint equa-...