ERIC Number: ED055473
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Generating English Discourse from Semantic Networks.
Simmons, R. F.; Slocum, Jonathan
The system described in this report is designed for use as a computational tool that allows a linguist to develop and study methods for generating surface strings from an underlying semantic structure. Initial findings with regard to form-determiners (such as voice, form, tense, and mood), some rules for embedding sentences, and some attention to pronominational substitution are reported. The report discusses how a particular semantic network can be used in conjunction with a grammar to generate sequences of coherent English sentences. The paper first outlines the form of the grammar and lexicon and describes a random generation algorithm that produces syntactically well-formed nonsense. It then shows how the semantic nets are used to control the ordering of grammar rules and lexical selections to generate meaningful discourse. There is also a section on some of the methods and rules for generating multi-sentence discourse. Special emphasis is given to the questions and problems that arise. A list of references is provided.For additional information, see FL 002 344. (Author/VM)
Descriptors: Algorithms, Computational Linguistics, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Programs, Deep Structure, Discourse Analysis, English, Generative Grammar, Language Research, Phrase Structure, Semantics, Sentences, Structural Analysis, Structural Linguistics, Surface Structure, Syntax, Tables (Data), Transformational Generative Grammar
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin.