Paper: Natural Language Database Updates

ACL ID P82-1013
Title Natural Language Database Updates
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1982

Although a great deal of research effort has been expended in support of natural language (NL) database querying, little effort has gone to NL database update. One reason for this state of affairs is that in NL querying, one can tie nouns and stative verbs in the query to database objects (relation names, attributes and domain values). In many cases this correspondence seems sufficient to interpret NL queries. NL update seems to require database counterparts for active verbs, such as "hire," "schedule" and "enroll," rather than for stative entities. There seem to be no natural can- didates to fill this role. We suggest a database counterpart for active verbs, which we call verbsraphs. The verbgraphs may be used to support NL update. A verbgraph is a structure for representing the various d...