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Compound noun interpretation problems

Karen Spärck Jones

July 1983, 16 pages


This paper discusses the problems of compound noun interpretation in the context of automatic language processing. Given that compound processing implies identifying the senses of the words involved, determining their bracketing, and establishing their underlying semantic relations, the paper illustrates the need, even in comparatively favourable cases, for inference using pragmatic information. This has consequences for language processor architectures and, even more, for speech processors.

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  author =	 {Sp{\"a}rck Jones, Karen},
  title = 	 {{Compound noun interpretation problems}},
  year = 	 1983,
  month = 	 jul,
  url = 	 {},
  institution =  {University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory},
  number = 	 {UCAM-CL-TR-45}