This reader contains material for the ESSLLI '99 course, ``Scope Underspecification and Processing''. The reader and course are
aimed at a pretty broad audience; we have tried to only presuppose
a very general idea of natural language processing and of
Underspecification is a general approach to dealing with ambiguity. In the course, we'll be particularly concerned with scope underspecification, which deals with scope ambiguity, a structural ambiguity of the semantics of a sentence. As scope underspecification is at least partially motivated by computational issues, we will pay particular attention to processing aspects. We're going to show how dominance constraints can be used for scope underspecification and how they can be processed efficiently by using concurrent constraint programming technology.
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