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Computational Linguistics

Paola Merlo, Editor
December 2000, Vol. 26, No. 4, Pages 497-537
(doi: 10.1162/089120100750105939)
© 2001 Association for Computational Linguistics
Bidirectional Contextual Resolution
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This paper describes a formalism and implementation for the interpretation and generation of sentences containing context-dependent constructs like determiners, pronouns, focus, and ellipsis. A variant of quasi-logical form is used as an under specified meaning representation, related to resolved logical forms via conditional equivalences. These equivalences define the interpretation of contextually dependent constructs with respect to a given context. Higher-order unification and abduction are used in relating expressions to contexts. The conditional equivalences can be used unchanged in both the interpretation and the generation direction.