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ERIC Number: ED055473
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Nov
Pages: 45
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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)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin.