Paper: An Integrated Framework For Semantic And Pragmatic Interpretation

ACL ID P88-1010
Title An Integrated Framework For Semantic And Pragmatic Interpretation
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1988
Authors

We report on a mechanism for semantic and prag- matic interpretation that has been designed to take advantage of the generally compositional na- ture of semantic analysis, without unduly con- straining the order in which pragmatic decisions are made. To achieve this goal, we introduce the idea of a conditional interpretation: one that de- pends upon a set of assumptions about subsequent pragmatic processing. Conditional interpretations are constructed compositionally according to a set of declaratively specified interpretation rules. The mechanism can handle a wide range of pragmatic phenomena and their interactions.