Accession Number : AD0682300

Title :   TOWARD THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMPUTATIONAL AIDS FOR OBTAINING A FORMAL SEMANTIC DESCRIPTION OF ENGLISH,

Corporate Author : SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Olney,John ; Revard,Carter ; Ziff,Paul

Report Date : 01 OCT 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 71

Abstract : Projected automatic and semi-automatic routines for processing transcripts of Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary (W7) and The New Merriam-Webster Pocket Dictionary (MPD) are briefly described. Among the outputs of these routines will be an approximation to a set of semantic primitives for English, hierarchically ordered lists of semantic classifiers, and semantic fields. The results of a study of productive lexical processes (both affixally marked and affixally unmarked) are reported, and its relationship to recent work in generative grammar is noted. Studies of several aspects of W7 definitions are described, with particular emphasis given to defining formulas. All of these studies have had the dual objective of clarifying the criteria by which the outputs of the routines for processing the W7 and MPD transcripts should be judged as well as contributing to the development of the routines. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ENGLISH LANGUAGE, *SEMANTICS), (*DICTIONARIES, *COMPUTATIONAL LINGUISTICS), DATA PROCESSING, AUTOMATIC, STANDARDS

Subject Categories : Linguistics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE