The Semantics of Backing Up (Or: What to do with Prepositions and Particles?)

Marjorie McShane, Stephen Beale, Sergei Nirenburg

The paper discusses the lexical description and runtime disambiguation of homographous prepositions and verbal particles in English using the Ontological Semantic (OntoSem) text processing environment. It describes the knowledge resources and processors that permit — in all but the most genuinely ambiguous of cases — an unambiguous text-meaning representation (TMR) to be created from input containing such multifunctional elements. The example of 'back up' in many of its senses is treated in particular detail.

Subjects: 13. Natural Language Processing; 11. Knowledge Representation

Submitted: Feb 13, 2006

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