Paper: Reference To Locations

ACL ID P89-1006
Title Reference To Locations
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1989

I.I Sketch of Proposal We propose a semantics for locative expressions such as near Jones or west of Denver, an impor- tant subsystem for NLP applications. Locative ex- pressions denote regions of space, and serve as argu- ments to predicates, locating objects and events spa- tially. Since simple locatives occupy argument posi- tions, they do NOT participate in scope ambiguities m pace one common view, which sees locatives as logical operators. Our proposal justifies common representa- tional practice in computational linguistics, account- ing for how locative expressions function anaphori- tally, and explaining a wide range of inference in- volving locatives. We further demonstrate how the argument analysis may accommodate multiple loca- tive arguments in a single predicate. The analysis ...