Accession Number : ADP001171

Title :   How to Drive a Database Front End Using General Semantic Information,

Corporate Author : CAMBRIDGE UNIV (ENGLAND) COMPUTER LAB

Personal Author(s) : Boguraev,B. K. ; Jones,K. Sparck

Report Date : 01 FEB 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : This paper describes a front end for natural language access to database making extensive use of general, i.e. domain-independent, semantic information for question interpretation. In the interests of portability, initial syntactic and semantic processing of a question is carried out without any reference to the database domain, and domain-dependent operations are confined to subsequent, comparatively straighforward, processing of the initial interpretation. The different modules of the front end are described, and the system's performance is illustrated by examples.

Descriptors :   *Front end processors, *Data bases, *Natural language, *Semantics, *Data processing, Symposia, Syntax, Interpreters, Computational linguistics, Modular construction, Portable equipment, Parsers, Input output processing

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE