Paper: Language Production: The Source Of The Dictionary

ACL ID P81-1014
Title Language Production: The Source Of The Dictionary
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1981

Ultimately in any natural language production system the largest amount of human effort will go into the construction of the dictionary: the data base that associates objects and relations in the program's domain with the words and phrases that could be used to describe them. This paper describes a technique for basing the dictionary directly on the semantic abstraction network used for the domain knowledge itself, taking advantage of the inheritance and specialization machanisms of a network formalism such as r,L-ON~ The technique creates eonsidcrable economies of scale, and makes possible the automatic description of individual objects according to their position in the semantic net. Furthermore, because the process of deciding what properties to use in an object's description is now giv...