Paper: Resolution Of Collective-Distributive Ambiguity Using Model-Based Reasoning

ACL ID P91-1001
Title Resolution Of Collective-Distributive Ambiguity Using Model-Based Reasoning
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1991
Authors

I present a semantic analysis of collective- distributive ambiguity, and resolution of such am- biguity by model-based reasoning. This approach goes beyond Scha and Stallard [17], whose reasoning capability was limited to checking semantic types. My semantic analysis is based on Link [14, 13] and Roberts [15], where distributivity comes uniformly from a quantificational operator, either explicit (e.g. each) or implicit (e.g. the D operator). I view the semantics module of the natural language sys- tem as a hypothesis generator and the reasoner in the pragmatics module as a hypothesis filter (cf. Simmons and Davis [18]). The reasoner utilizes a model consisting of domain-dependent constraints and domain-independent axioms for disambiguation. There are two kinds of constraints, type constrai...