Paper: PHRAN - A Knowledge-Based Natural Language Understander

ACL ID P80-1030
Title PHRAN - A Knowledge-Based Natural Language Understander
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1980

We have developed an approach to natural language processing in which the natural language processor is viewed as a knowledge-based system whose knowledge is about the meanings of the utterances of its language. The approach is orzented around the phrase rather than the word as the basic unit. We believe that this paradi~ for language processing not only extends the capabilities of other natural language systems, but handles those tasks that previous systems could perform in e more systematic and extensible manner. We have construqted a natural language analysis program called PHRAN (PHRasal ANalyzer) based in this approach. This model has a number of advantages over existing systems, including the ability to understand a wider variety of language utterances, increased processlng speed in ...