Paper: The Hyperonym Problem Revisited: Conceptual And Lexical Hierarchies In Language Generation

ACL ID W00-1413
Title The Hyperonym Problem Revisited: Conceptual And Lexical Hierarchies In Language Generation
Venue International Conference on Natural Language Generation
Session Main Conference
Year 2000
Authors

When a lexical item is selected in the language production process, it needs to be explained why none of its superordinates gets selected in- stead, since their applicability conditions are fulfilled all the same. This question has received much attention in cognitive modelling and not as much in other branches of NLG. This pa- per describes the various approaches taken, dis- cusses the reasons why they are so different, and argues that production models using symbolic representations should make a distinction be- tween conceptual and lexical hierarchies, which can be organized along fixed levels as studied in (some branches of) lexical semantics.