Paper: Another Look At Nominal Compounds

ACL ID P84-1109
Title Another Look At Nominal Compounds
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1984

We present a progress report on our research on nominal compounds (NC's). Recent approaches to this probiem in linguistics and natural ianguage processing (NLP) are reviewed and criticized. We argue that the notion of "roie nominal", which is at the interface of linguistic and extraiinguis- tic knowledge, is crucial for characterizing NC'e as weII as other Iinguistic phenomena. We examine a number of constraints on the semantic interpre- tation ruies for NC's. Proposals are made that shouid improve the capability of NLP systems to deaI with NC's.