Document Type

Report

Date

3-1988

Embargo Period

4-25-2012

Keywords

Semantics

Language

English

Disciplines

Computer Sciences

Description/Abstract

Montague's linguistic theory provides a completely formalized account of language in general and natural language in particular. It would appear to be especially applicable to the problem of natural language understanding by computer systems. However the theory does not deal with meaning at the lexical level. As a result, deduction in a system based on Montague semantics is severely restricted. This paper considers lexical extension of Montague semantics as a way to remove this restriction. Representation of lexical semantics by a logic program or semantic net is complex. An alternative representation, called a semantic space, is described. This alternative lacks the expressiveness of a logic program but it offers conceptual simplicity and intrinsically parallel structure.

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