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The linguistics of shallow vs deep natural language processing

Speaker: Marjorie McShane
Department of Cognitive Science, RPI

September 9, 2014 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: CII (Low) 3051
Hosted By: Dr. Peter Fox (x4862)


Most current approaches to natural language processing manipulate surface text strings with little or no semantic or pragmatic analysis. Although systems thus configured offer near-term utility, many linguistic phenomena are excluded from purview as a result of this methodological choice. In this talk, I will describe the current state of the art in NLP against the backdrop of the full range of linguistic phenomena that ultimately must be covered if we are to configure intellgent agents endowed with human-level language proficiency. I will also briefly describe methods of treating some of the more difficult phenomena within the knowledge-based, ontologically-grounded approach to NLP called Ontological Semantics.


Last updated: August 29, 2014