Meaning Representation of Utterance

in the Manyaspect Model

Vladimir Polyakov

17 May 1998

Summary

The work is based on the concept notion of the existence of a logical representation of the NL-utterance meaning.

Basic ideas of the Manyaspect NL-sentence meaning model (MAMM-S) are described: the idea of meaning aspects; the idea of semantic primitives “subject-relation-attribute”, the idea of object-role interrelation. The links between the semantic primitives constituting the meaning of the sentence and the cognitive models which describe their semantics are shown. MAMM-based approach to the NL-utterance meaning representation is demonstrated by the example of the assertion-type utterance, as a functional type of the utterance. The NL-utterance meaning structure is analysed. In MAMM-U there are four meaning components: the basic communication component; the component of communication presupposition; the component of utterance circumstances; the sentence meaning. The necessity of a cognitive model of mental acts is stressed to determine the semantics of the utterance meaning components. Two mechanisms of accounting for the referential aspects of utterance are included into MAMM-U: function of actualization and referential part of meaning. The statuses of truth are included for processing utterances that are inhomogeneous in their composition. The described approach is under evaluation within the work with "Nedorosl", a laboratory computer system for language ability modelling.

Subject areas: Natural Language Processing


1 Russian Academy of Sciences. Pushchino Research Center.
box 97, Pushchino, Moscow Region, 142292, Russia
Email: tan@ibpm.serpukhov.su (for Polyakov)
Department of Computer Science and Economy.
Moscow Steel and Alloys Institute (Technological University).
Institute of Languages and Cultures. Moscow.