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A Framework for Computational Semantics


The aim of the project is to bring about a substantial convergence in computational semantics with the benefit of a substantial saving of duplicate work. In particular, the project will:

1. present an informal framework which allows comparison of current semantic approaches both with respect to their claims and their usefulness for implementation;
2. present the main semantic approaches in terms of this framework;
3. examine the feasibility of a general computational framework;
4. make preliminary investigations of the formal specifications for such a framework;
5. apply the framework to a representative fragment of real-life language;
6. draw together the results of consultation with a representative base of researchers in the field.

Approach and Methodology

The work comprises a survey of the main approaches to computational semantics, a comparison of these approaches with respect to a number of criteria central to the field, a characterisation of current approaches in term of a common framework and the evaluation of their computational usefulness. The work will be carried out in co-operation with an extended panel of experts representing all major centres active in the field in order to ensure representativity of the work to be carried out.

Exploitation and Future Prospects

The results of FraCaS will contribute substantially in putting future developments, be they of practical or theoretical nature, onto firmer ground while guaranteeing maximal computational usefulness. They will also encourage the development of guidelines and standards for representation and interchange of semantic information.


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University of Edinburgh
2 Buccleuch Place
EH8 9LW Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Participants (3)

CWI Amsterdam
Universität Stuttgart
70550 Stuttgart
Universität des Saarlandes
Im Stadtwald Gebäude 15
66041 Saarbrücken