Paper: Interpreting Temporal Adverbials

ACL ID H93-1027
Title Interpreting Temporal Adverbials
Venue Human Language Technologies
Session Main Conference
Year 1993

We take for granted that sentences describe situations [2, 12]. One of the most important properties of situations are then their tempo- ral locations, which are indicated by tense and aspect and temporal adverbials in the surface form. In [10, 22], we offered a formal the- ory for English tense and aspect and an algorithm that computes the temporal relationships between the situations implicitly introduced by a text. In the present paper, we propose a systematic approach to temporal adverbials, fully integrated with our tense-aspect theory and the inte~retive algorithms, using the Episodic Logic (EL) formalism [9, 11, 12, 211.