ERIC Number: ED048594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Mar-30
Reference Count: 0
Semantics of Context-Free Fragments of Natural Languages.
The objective of this paper is to combine the viewpoint of model-theoretic semantics and generative grammar, to define semantics for context-free languages, and to apply the results to some fragments of natural language. Following the introduction in the first section, Section 2 describes a simple artificial example to illustrate how a semantic valuation function is added to the generative mechanisms of a context-free grammar. Section 3 presents the relevant formal definitions, Section 4 the detailed empirical results. How the results of this paper and the earlier one on probabilistic grammars (Suppes, 1970) are meant to form the beginnings of a theory of performance is sketched in Section 5. (Author/AMM)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Inst. for Mathematical Studies in Social Science.