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Title: Logic for natural language analysis
Author: Pereira, Fernando Carlos Neves
ISNI:       0000 0001 3483 4466
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1982
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This work investigates the use of formal logic as a practical tool for describing the syntax and semantics of a subset of English, and building a computer program to answer data base queries expressed in that subset. To achieve an intimate connection between logical descriptions and computer programs, all the descriptions given are in the definite clause subset of the predicate calculus, which is the basis of the programming language Prolog. The logical descriptions run directly as efficient Prolog programs. Three aspects of the use of logic in natural language analysis are covered: formal representation of syntactic rules by means of a grammar formalism based on logic, extraposition grammars;. formal semantics for the chosen English subset, appropriate for data base queries; informal semantic and pragmatic rules to translate analysed sentences into their formal semantics. On these three aspects, the work improves and extends earlier work by Colmerauer and others, where the use of computational logic in language analysis was first introduced.
Supervisor: Howe, Jim ; Meltzer, B. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Computational linguistics ; Natural language processing ; Linguistics ; Data processing ; Prolog ; predicate calculus, Computer software