ERIC Number: ED083812
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jan
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Verb Semantics in a Relational Data Base System.
Dostert, Bozena Henisz; Thompson, Frederick B.
Ways of making the natural language of unsophisticated computer users meaningful to the computer are discussed. The discussion is set within the context of the Rapidly Extensible Language (REL) System, a question answering system with underlying relational data bases. Major topics covered include individuals and predicates, the problem of verbs, and verbs in REL English. The essential points stressed are that the meaning of a sentence depends upon the contents of the data base to which it refers, that the tying string of a sentence is its verb, and that the sentence patterns take on meaning as they fit within the broader fabrics supplied by context and reality. Examination of examples shows that verbs radically shift their semantic content with shifts in the context in which they are used, and it was concluded that it was doubtful that there was any single method analyzing the complex webs that verbs set up among their assiciated nouns in any sentence. (Author/LB)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.; Office of Naval Research, Washington, DC.; Rome Air Development Center, Griffiss AFB, NY.
Authoring Institution: California Inst. of Tech., Pasadena.