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Saarland University Computer Science

Scope Underspecification and Processing

Alexander Koller, Joachim Niehren

Reader for the ESSLLI summer school., 1999

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 first-order logic.
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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