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Semantic Argument Structure in DiscoursE: The SEASIDE project

Caroline Sporleder

Eighth International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS-8 2009)
Tilburg University, Netherlands, January 7-9, 2009


This paper presents a new perspective on the use of semantic annotations. It is argued that semantic annotations only make sense if (1) they capture semantic information that is not expressed in the source text; (2) they have a formal interpretation. If these conditions are fulfilled, then it should be possible to combine the information in semantic annotations with the information that can be extracted from the source text through semantic analysis. We outline a way of effectively doing this by associating a semantic annotation language with a formal semantics by translating the annotations into the same formalism as underspecified semantic representations, obtained through compositional interpretation of the source text.

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