Paper: Metaphoric Generalization Through Sort Coercion

ACL ID P91-1029
Title Metaphoric Generalization Through Sort Coercion
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1991
Authors
  • Ellen Hays (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA)

This paper presents a method for interpret- ing metaphoric language in the context of a portable natural language interface. The method licenses metaphoric uses via coercions between incompatible ontological sorts. The machinery allows both previously-known and unexpected metaphoric uses to be correctly interpreted and evaluated with respect to the backend expert sys- tem.