ERIC Number: ED055472
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Nov
Some Semantic Structures for Representing English Meanings.
Simmons, R. F.
This paper defines the structure of a semantic network for use in representing discourse and lexical meanings. The structure is designed to represent underlying semantic meanings that, with a lexicon and a grammar, can generate natural-language sentences in a linguistically justifiable manner. The semantics of natural English can be defined as a system of conditions and transformations applied to syntactic constituents to map them into semantic structures. A semantic structure for a statement is defined as a system of unambiguous representations of meaning interconnected by defined logical relations. The author feels that a semantic representation should probably be completely free of its natural-language representation. The correspondence between semantic structure and natural-language representation should reside wholly in the grammar and the lexicon. Specific details and examples of the semantic network operation are described. Illustrations of lexical structures are provided, and references are included. For additional information, see FL 002 345. (Author/VM)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin.