Paper: The Interpretation Of Relational Nouns

ACL ID P88-1004
Title The Interpretation Of Relational Nouns
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1988

This paper 1 decdbes a computational treatment of the semantics of relational nouns. It covers relational nouns such as "sister.and "commander; and focuses especially on a particular subcategory of them, called function nouns ('speed; "distance', "rating'). Rela- tional nouns are usually viewed as either requiring non-compositional semantic interpretation, or causing an undesirable proliferation of syntactic rules. In con- trast to this, we present a treatment which is both syntactically uniform and semantically compositional. The core ideas of this treatment are: (1) The recog- nition of different levels of semantic analysis; in par- ticular, the distinction between an English-oriented and a domain-oriented level of meaning represen- tation. (2) The analysis of relational nouns as denotin...