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ERIC Number: ED311893
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jun
Pages: 8
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The "Understanding" of Natural Language in CAI and Analogous Mental Processes.
Anbar, Michael; Anbar, Ada
This paper argues that the use of unrestricted natural language (UNL) interaction is essential in computer-assisted instruction aimed at teaching clinical decision making, and in interactive tests that emulate oral examinations. Knowledge about the scope and limitations of computerized UNL interaction gained during the development of the authoring tool CASIP (Computer Assisted Socratic Instructional Program) serves as the basis for a discussion of the factors involved in teaching a computer to understand natural language, including the conceptual gap between computer languages and human natural languages, and how a computer can be programmed to understand the meaning of sentences. An analogy is then drawn between CASIP and communication between humans and the discussion focuses on three questions: (1) whether this analogy exists because CASIP has been programmed to follow the pattern of human communication; (2) whether this analogy is coincidental given the assumption that mental processes proceed in parallel while CASIP's understanding of UNL is a linear process; and (3) whether this computer-based model represents a preferred way to the understanding of natural language by both humans and machines. A discussion of the potential of the computer's UNL interactive program model for the study of impairments in human communication concludes the report. (15 references) (CGD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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