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A database interface based on Montague's approachto the interpretation of natural language

R.A. Frost, W.S. Saba
1990 International Journal of Man-Machine Studies  
In this paper we describe a database interface that is loosely based upon some of the concepts proposed by Richard Montague in his approach to the interpretation of natural language.  ...  The purpose of the paper is two-fold: (i) to demonstrate that many of Montague's ideas can be used to advantage in creating natural language interfaces to databases, and (ii) to introduce a method for  ...  In this paper we present a database system, DMSG, that is loosely based on Montague's approach to the interpretation of natural language.  ... 
doi:10.1016/s0020-7373(05)80027-6 fatcat:hiiv64cgwjbylcnp3q2m3thmuq

A Montague-Style Denotational Semantics for the Direct Interpretation of Natural Language Queries to Triple Stores and Databases

Richard A. Frost, Shane Peelar
2018 Zenodo  
This approach can accommodate a wide range of NL queries and is relatively easy to implement if it is based on an extension of Richard Montague's denotational semantics (MS) for natural language.  ...  A publicly accessible web-based NL interface to a remote Semantic Web data store has been constructed to demonstrate the viability of this approach.  ...  ACKNOWLEDGMENT This research was funded by a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.  ... 
doi:10.5281/zenodo.2022703 fatcat:3tub6i2i3zakzemjrpqigf76mm

A foundation for semantic interpretation

Graeme Hirst
1983 Proceedings of the 21st annual meeting on Association for Computational Linguistics -  
Traditionally, translation from the parse tree representing a sentence to a semantic representation (such as frames or procedural semantics) has a/ways been the most ad hoc part of natural language understand  ...  The result is a foundation for semantic interpretation that we believe to be superior ~o previous approaches.  ...  Acknowledgemems I am grateful to Eugene Charniak, C~role Chaski, Jim Hendler, Polly Jacobson, and Nadia Talent for their comments upon earlier versions of this paper.  ... 
doi:10.3115/981311.981323 dblp:conf/acl/Hirst83 fatcat:gclnqvhvdba4jb7cdbwbw72guq

A Survey and Classification of Arabic Logic-Based Meaning Representations (ALMR)

Haytham El-Sayed, the Faculty of International Business and Humanities (FIBH), Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST), Egypt
2019 International Journal of Languages Literature and Linguistics  
This paper provides a comprehensive survey and classification scheme of attempts to provide logical treatment to Arabic semantics, thereby developing Arabic semantic processing, during the past thirty  ...  The efforts of Arabic logic-based meaning representation are very limited.  ...  interface to database systems, using the intermediate meaning representation approach.  ... 
doi:10.18178/ijlll.2019.5.3.220 fatcat:mk64ku65era6jnsruy6hgf3ur4

Realization of natural language interfaces using lazy functional programming

Richard A. Frost
2006 ACM Computing Surveys  
THE CHALLENGE OF BUILDING NATURAL-LANGUAGE INTERFACES (NLIS) Natural-language interfaces are found in many applications e.g. database-query and information-retrieval systems, language-translation systems  ...  Their work appears to have been prompted by recognition of the similarities between some theories that have been proposed for natural-language processing and the theories on which LFP is based, and also  ...  based natural-language interfaces (NLIs).  ... 
doi:10.1145/1177352.1177353 fatcat:6i7z77bfqrfihctj6ee2xh4km4

An Event-Driven Approach for Querying Graph-Structured Data Using Natural Language

Richard A. Frost, Wale Agboola, Eric Matthews, Jonathan A. Donais
2014 International Conference on Extending Database Technology  
An ideal way for people to query graph-based knowledge, including triplestores in the semantic web, would be for them to ask questions in a natural language (NL).  ...  The approach described here could be used to develop a denotational semantics for a highly-expressive NL query language, and then that semantics could be used to guide the design of an NL query to SPARQL  ...  ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The authors acknowledge the support of the Natural Science and Engineering Council (NSERC) of Canada, and the reviewers for their comprehensive review and comments on this paper.  ... 
dblp:conf/edbt/FrostAMD14 fatcat:hyovxbcf25ayhdjbz5kc7mrh3q

Page 1176 of Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts: LLBA Vol. 29, Issue 3 [page]

1995 Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts: LLBA  
electronic database The Norwegian Uni- versities’ Databases for Language & Culture from the paper-based ar- chives at participating institutions, active on a national basis since 1992.  ...  Parsing System, WM Computers and the Humanities, 1994-1995, 28, 4-5, 259-272. 1 The user interface of E-Parser, a deterministic government- &-binding- theory-based natural language parsing system software  ... 

Intensional semantics for RDF data structures

Zoran Majkić
2008 Proceedings of the 2008 international symposium on Database engineering & applications - IDEAS '08  
Then we show how we can define the view-based mappings for data integration between RDFS database ontologies, based on an introduction of a new kind of the intensional equivalence for intensional abstracts  ...  We show how this embedding is a natural and simple extension of intrinsic intensional semantics of RDFS into intensional FOL language, which improves the RDFS features.  ...  the same forms (which in our theory are terms of the language); as we will see this abstraction operation is based on the particular kind of natural language 'sub-sentences", which differently from ordinary  ... 
doi:10.1145/1451940.1451952 dblp:conf/ideas/Majkic08 fatcat:n2qlxhs4zbhd3oktjivqrb2fsa

Sound and Complete Query Answering in Intensional P2P Data Integration [article]

Zoran Majkic
2011 arXiv   pre-print
Such a kind of mapping has very different semantics from the standard view-based mappings based on the material implication commonly used for Data Integration.  ...  Thus, non invasive mapping between completely independent peer databases in a P2P systems can be naturally specified by the set of couples of intensionally equivalent views, which have the same meaning  ...  The mapping V , used in the following Montague's based approach, is a high-level result of the data semantics encapsulated into each peer database.  ... 
arXiv:1103.0490v1 fatcat:3ejw4htgwjb6hbe3x5u6i2paby

Flexible Intensional Query-Answering for RDF Peer-to-Peer Systems [chapter]

Zoran Majkić
2006 Lecture Notes in Computer Science  
We consider the Peer-To-Peer (P2P) database systems with RDF ontologies and with the semantic characterization of P2P mappings based on logical views over local peer's ontology.  ...  This motivates the need of a semantic characterization of P2P mappings based not on the extension but on the meaning of concepts used in the mappings, that is, based on intensional logic.  ...  This definitions of intensional equivalence given in [18] , based on Montague's possible world semantics, have the higher-order logic language syntax.  ... 
doi:10.1007/11766254_60 fatcat:nd3qxphv7zapznegdybap4z77e

Database semantics for natural language

Roland Hausser
2001 Artificial Intelligence  
This principle mediates between the knowledge of the SLIM machine and its current situation by selecting a suitable action.  Overview Current approaches to natural language semantics may be divided into  ...  Each of these functions is illustrated explicitly by a corresponding LA-grammar. In addition, a control structure based on the principle of balance is presented.  ...  Natural language interpretation (hearer mode) is based on supplying the incoming surfaces with language proplet types via lexical look-up.  ... 
doi:10.1016/s0004-3702(01)00083-2 fatcat:yc6ds2qp4nfnzp7uri74q53wwi

Intensional Semantics for P2P Data Integration [chapter]

Zoran Majkić
2006 Lecture Notes in Computer Science  
One of the main issue in formalizing the Peer-To-Peer (P2P) database systems is the semantic characterization of P2P mappings.  ...  This motivates the need of a new, alternative semantic characterization of P2P mappings based not on the extension but on the meaning of concepts used in the mappings.  ...  knowledge of other independent peers, needs other approach to the mapping between their local knowledge based on the meaning of the mapped concepts.  ... 
doi:10.1007/11803034_3 fatcat:n3as5yqw5zbtvnchzt5ol6ayzq

Menu-based natural language understanding

Harry R. Tennant, Kenneth M. Ross, Richard M. Saenz, Craig W. Thompson, James R. Miller
1983 Proceedings of the 21st annual meeting on Association for Computational Linguistics -  
This paper describes the NLMenu System, a menu-based natural language understanding system.  ...  The advantage of this approach is that all inputs to the NLMenu System can be understood thus giving a 0% failure rate.  ...  This approach makes it possible for a much broader class of users and applications to use menu-based, natural language interfaces to databases.  ... 
doi:10.3115/981311.981341 dblp:conf/acl/TennantRSTM83 fatcat:edk5wruy6varvap4gfymhciowu

Menu-based natural language understanding

Harry Tennant
1984 Proceedings of the July 9-12, 1984, national computer conference and exposition on - AFIPS '84  
This paper describes the NLMenu System, a menu-based natural language understanding system.  ...  The advantage of this approach is that all inputs to the NLMenu System can be understood thus giving a 0% failure rate.  ...  This approach makes it possible for a much broader class of users and applications to use menu-based, natural language interfaces to databases.  ... 
doi:10.1145/1499310.1499391 dblp:conf/afips/Tennant84 fatcat:qussjvxhmjhmblpbc23obu4jf4

The declining-price paradox of new technologies

Y Eden, B Ronen
1993 Omega : The International Journal of Management Science  
A variable introduced into a sentence is either uncased, or one of NOM, ACC or DAT.  ...  The declining prices of new technology products often results in a tendency for many decision makers to wait for lower prices, and to postpone a capital investment.  ...  According to one school, as in [Roberts 541 it is based upon the *different kinds of meaning* a sentence may have.  ... 
doi:10.1016/0305-0483(93)90091-x fatcat:ncdrpzv3g5g5zo5laha726xbwi
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