Modelling Spatial Knowledge on a Linguistic Basis


  • Authors
  • Ewald Lang
  • Kai-Uwe Carstensen
  • Geoffrey Simmons

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 481)

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On the basis of a semantic analysis of dimension terms, this book develops a theory about knowledge of spatial objects, which is significant for cognitive linguistics and artificial intelligence. This new approach to knowledge structure evolves in a three-step process: - adoption of the linguistic theory with its elements, principles and representational levels, - implementation of the latter in a Prolog prototype, and - integration of the prototype into a large natural language understanding system. The study documents interdisciplinary research at work: the model of spatial knowledge is the fruit of the cooperative efforts of linguists, computational linguists, and knowledge engineers, undertaken in that logical and chronological order. The book offers a two-level approach to semantic interpretation and proves that it works by means of a precise computer implementation, which in turn is applied to support a task-independent knowledge representation system. Each of these stages is described in detail, and the links are made explicit, thus retracing the evolution from theory to practice.


Artificial Iintelligence Cognitive Science Computational Linguistics Evolution Knowledge Representation Kognition PROLOG Wissensrepräsentation artificial intelligence intelligence knowledge linguistics modeling natural language semantic

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-53718-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-47051-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0302-9743
  • Series Online ISSN 1611-3349
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