Paper: Interpretation As Abduction

ACL ID P88-1012
Title Interpretation As Abduction
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1988

An approach to abductive inference developed in the TAC- ITUS project has resulted in a dramatic simplification of how the problem of interpreting texts is conceptualized. Its use in solving the local pragmatics problems of reference, compound nominals, syntactic ambiguity, and metonymy is described and illustrated. It also suggests an elegant and thorough integration of syntax, semantics, and pragmatics.