Language Understanding as Recognition and Transduction of Numerous Overlaid Patterns

Lenhart Schubert

I want to suggest here that it is time to extrapolate be- yond the traditional and statistical views, elaborating basic phrase (or dependency) structure and statistically weighted features into multiple kinds of overlaid syntactic, semantic, epistemic, and discourse patterns. These patterns jointly determine a (more or less) unambiguous consensus structure for the utterances that are processed, and a (more or less) unambiguous interpretation. Implementing such an approach would set us on a course to human-like learning by reading.

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