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Formal Semantics and Pragmatics for Natural Language Querying

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This book discusses the connection between two areas of semantics, namely the semantics of databases and the semantics of natural language, and links them via a common view of the semantics of time. It is argued that a coherent theory of the semantics of time is an essential ingredient for the success of efforts to incorporate more 'real world' semantics into database models. This idea is a relatively recent concern of database research but it is receiving growing interest. The book begins with a discussion of database querying which motivates the use of the paradigm of Montague Semantics and discusses the details of the intensional logic ILs. This is followed by a description of the author's own model, the Historical Relational Data Model (HRDM) which extends the RDM to include a temporal dimension. Finally the database querying language QEHIII is defined and examples illustrate its use. A formal model for the interpretation of questions is presented in this work which will form the basis for much further research.

Synopsis:

This book discusses the connection between two areas of semantics: the semantics of databases, and that of natural language, and links them through a common view of the semantics of time. It argues that a coherent theory of the semantics of time is essential for successfully incorporating more 'real world' semantics into database models.

Synopsis:

Connects the semantics of databases to that of natural language, and links them through a common view of the semantics of time.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Montague semantics; 3. The HRDM model; 4. Intensional logic and historical databases; 5. Overview of English query language QE-III; 6. Formal definition of QE-III; 7. Examples from the QE-III fragment; 8. Summary and conclusions.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521602747
Editor:
Van Rijsbergen, C. J.
Editor:
Abramsky, Samson
Editor:
Abramsky, S.
Editor:
Abramsky, Samson
Editor:
Van Rijsbergen, C. J.
Author:
C. J. van Rijsbergen
Author:
Clifford, James
Author:
James, Clifford
Author:
Van Rijsbergen, C. J.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
General
Subject:
Programming - Software Development
Subject:
General Computers
Subject:
Programming Languages - General
Subject:
Software Development & Engineering - General
Subject:
Software Engineering-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Cambridge Tracts in Theoretical Computer Science
Series Volume:
8
Publication Date:
20040231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
212
Dimensions:
7.44x9.68x.44 in. .85 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This book discusses the connection between two areas of semantics: the semantics of databases, and that of natural language, and links them through a common view of the semantics of time. It argues that a coherent theory of the semantics of time is essential for successfully incorporating more 'real world' semantics into database models.
"Synopsis" by , Connects the semantics of databases to that of natural language, and links them through a common view of the semantics of time.
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