4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 3-6, 1996

Semantic Interpretation of a Japanese Complex Sentence in an Advisory Dialogue - Focused on the Postpositional Word "KEDO," Which Works as a Conjunction Between Clauses

Tadahiko Kumamoto, Akira Ito

Communications Research Laboratory, MPT of Japan

We are developing a spoken dialogue system that helps a computer user perform his tasks through question-answering. In this paper, we propose a method for semantic interpretation of a complex sentence connected by a conjunction, "KEDO." "KEDO" is a postpositional word, and forms an adverbial clause. First, complex sentences containing "KEDO" are extracted from an advisory dialogue database and the semantic role of "KEDO" in each sentence is analyzed. Next, each sentence is decomposed into the part before "KEDO" and the part after "KEDO," and each part is expressed in a semantic structure we developed. Finally, the relationship between the semantic structures and the semantic roles is formalized into rules for semantic interpretation. Our method interprets a complex sentence semantically by applying the rules to the two semantic structures generated from the sentence. As a result, the semantic structures are modified or transformed into another if necessary.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kumamoto, Tadahiko / Ito, Akira (1996): "Semantic interpretation of a Japanese complex sentence in an advisory dialogue - focused on the postpositional word "KEDO," which works as a conjunction between clauses", In ICSLP-1996, 669-672.