Local semantics in the interpretation of temporal expression

Robert Dale, Pawel Mazur

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Work on the interpretation of temporal expressions in text has generally been pursued in one of two paradigms: the formal semantics approach, where an attempt is made to provide a well-grounded theoretical basis for the interpretation of these expressions, and the more pragmatically-focused approach represented by the development of the TIMEX2 standard, with its origins in work in information extraction. The former emphasises formal elegance and consistency; the latter emphasises broad coverage for practical applications. In this paper, we report on the development of a framework that attempts to integrate insights from both perspectives, with the aim of achieving broad coverage of the domain in a well-grounded manner from a formal perspective. We focus in particular on the development of a compact notation for representing the semantics of underspecified temporal expressions that can be used to provide component-level evaluation of systems that interpret such expressions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Workshop on Annotating and Reasoning about Time and Events, ARTE in conjunction with COLING/ACL 2006
EditorsBranimir Boguraev, Rafael Munoz, James Pustejovsky
Place of PublicationStroudsburg, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)1932432817
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventWorkshop on Annotating and Reasoning about Time and Events - Sydney
Duration: 23 Jul 200623 Jul 2006


WorkshopWorkshop on Annotating and Reasoning about Time and Events


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