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NP coordination in underspecified scope representations

Willis, Alistair (2007). NP coordination in underspecified scope representations. In: Seventh International Workshop on Computational Semantics, 10-12 January 2007, Tilburg, Netherlands.


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Accurately capturing the quantifier scope behaviour of coordinated NPs can be problematic for underspecification systems that define constraints over semantic constructors. We present an extension to a hole-semantics like language that allows a natural representation of coordinated NPs, and a translation from partial scope requirements into constraints on the constructors. We conclude that the efficient decision procedures developed for constraints on semantic constructors enable the possible meanings of sentences containing coordinated NPs to be fully underspecified.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2007 The Author
Keywords: Computational semantics; natural language processing; semantics; quantifier scope; underspecification; coordination
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 19199
Depositing User: Alistair Willis
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2009 12:22
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2010 11:08
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