Implicit Predicate Arguments and Discourse

An important aspect of semantic analysis of a discourse is the identification and resolution of implicit arguments of verbs, nouns etc. Making implicit arguments explicit enables extraction of relations that would otherwise be hidden to an application of the semantic analysis such as question-answering. We describe how the discourse understanding system Euphoria uses parsing, syntactic rules, semantic rules, and coreference resolution to determine implicit arguments. The semantic representation for a discourse consists of a set of entity-oriented logical forms indexed by the entities of the discourse, enabling efficient access to everything that is said about each discourse entity. Empirical evaluation of Euphoria shows significant improvements in resolving implicit arguments as compared to sentence-based processing.

By: Arendse Bernth

Published in: RC24046 in 2006


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