Paper: An Eclectic Approach To Building Natural Language Interfaces

ACL ID P85-1031
Title An Eclectic Approach To Building Natural Language Interfaces
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1985
Authors

INKA is a natural language interface to facilitate knowledge acquisition during expert system development for electronic instrument trouble-thooting. The expert system design methodology develops a domain definition, called GLIB, in the form of a semantic grammar. This grammar for- mat enables GLIB to be used with the INGLISH interface, which constrains users to create statements within a subset of English. Incremental patting in INGLISH allows immediate remedial information to be generated if a user deviates from the sublanguage. Sentences are translated into production rules using the methodology of lexical-functional grammar. The sys- tem is written in Sms/ltalk and, in INK,A, produces rides for a Prolog inference engine.