Paper: English Words And Data Bases: How To Bridge The Gap

ACL ID P82-1010
Title English Words And Data Bases: How To Bridge The Gap
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1982
Authors

If a q.a. system tries to transform an Eng- lish question directly into the simplest possible formulation of the corresponding data base query, discrepancies between the English lexicon and the structure of the data base cannot be handled well. To be able to deal with such discrepancies in a systematic way, the PHLIQAI system distinguishes different levels of semantic representation; it contains modules which translate from one level to another, as well as a module which simplifies expressions within one level. The paper shows how this approach takes care of some phenomena which would be problematic in a more simple-minded set-up.