Paper: Quantifier Scoping In The SRI Core Language Engine

ACL ID P88-1005
Title Quantifier Scoping In The SRI Core Language Engine
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1988

An algorithm for generating the possible quanti- fier scopings for a sentence, in order of preference, is outlined. The scoping assigned to a quantifier is determined by its interactions with other quan- tifiers, modals, negation, and certain syntactic- constituent boundaries. When a potential scoping is logically equivalent to another, the less preferred one is discarded. The relative scoping preferences of the individ- ual quantifiers are not embedded in the algorithm, but are specified by a set of rules. Many of the rules presented here have appeared in the linguis- tics literature and have been used in various natu- ral language processing systems. However, the co- ordination of these rules and the resulting coverage represents a significant contribution. Because ex- perimental data on...