- Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 184 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 12mm | 299g
- Publication date: 17 March 2005
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge
- ISBN 10: 0521438039
- ISBN 13: 9780521438032
- Edition statement: Revised ed.
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
This book is an investigation into the problems of generating natural language utterances to satisfy specific goals the speaker has in mind. It is thus an ambitious and significant contribution to research on language generation in artificial intelligence, which has previously concentrated in the main on the problem of translation from an internal semantic representation into the target language. Dr. Appelt's approach, based on a possible-worlds semantics of an intensional logic of knowledge and action, enables him to develop a formal representation of the effects of illocutionary acts and the speaker's beliefs about the hearer's knowledge of the world. The theory is embodied and illustrated in a computer system, KAMP (Knowledge and Modalities Planner), described in the book.
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' ... important reading for anyone either working in or just trying to keep up with natural language processing'. Computational Linguistics
Back cover copy
'Planning English Sentences' is an ambitious and significant contribution to research on language generation in artificial intelligence. Most research in machine translation has focused on an internal semantic representation into the target language; Douglas Appelt has taken this further by looking at problems posed by the requirement in effective communication of reasoning in detail about what the hearer knows and wants.
Table of contents
Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. An overview of related research; 3. Representing knowledge about intensional concepts; 4. Planning to affect an agent's mental state; 5. Planning illocutionary acts; 6. Planning surface linguistic acts; 7. Utterance planning: an example; 8. Utterance planning: the future; Notes; Bibliography.