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Title: Exploring Time, Tense and Aspect in Natural Language Database Interfaces
Written By: Ion Androutsopoulos
Series Title: Natural Language Processing

Advances in temporal databases make it increasingly easier to store time-dependent information, creating a need for facilities that will help end-users access this information. In the context of natural language interaction, significant effort has been devoted to interfaces that allow database queries to be formulated in natural language. Most of the existing interfaces, however, do not support adequately the notion of time. Drawing upon tense and aspect theories, temporal logics, and temporal databases, this cross-discipline book examines relevant issues from the three areas, developing a unified theoretical framework that can be used to build natural language interfaces to temporal databases. The framework features an HPSG mapping from English to a formally defined meaning representation language, and a corresponding mapping to a temporal extension of the SL database language. The book is accompanied by a freely available prototype interface, built according to the framework, and implemented using Prolog and ALE. This is the first in-depth exploration of the notion of time in natural language database interfaces. It will be particularly interesting to researchers working on natural language interaction, tense and aspect, HPSG, temporal logics, and temporal databases, especially those who wish to learn about time-related issues in other disciplines.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 1
2. Linguistic data and an informal account 19
3. The TOP meaning representation language 71
4. From English to TOP 109
5. From TOP to TSL2 183
6. The prototype NLITDB 239
7. Related work and directions for further research 267
References 283
Index 293
Appendix A: TOP to TSL2 translation rules 299

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Natural Language Processing
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027249903
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: x, 307 pp.
Prices: EUR 116.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588112691
ISBN-13: 9781588112699
Pages: x, 307 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 157