Planning English Sentences by Douglas E. AppeltPlanning English Sentences by Douglas E. Appelt

Planning English Sentences

byDouglas E. Appelt

Paperback | June 26, 1992

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This book is an investigation into the problems of generating natural language utterances to satisfy specific goals the speaker has in mind. It is thus an ambitious and significant contribution to research on language generation in artificial intelligence, which has previously concentrated in the main on the problem of translation from an internal semantic representation into the target language. Dr. Appelt's approach, based on a possible-worlds semantics of an intensional logic of knowledge and action, enables him to develop a formal representation of the effects of illocutionary acts and the speaker's beliefs about the hearer's knowledge of the world. The theory is embodied and illustrated in a computer system, KAMP (Knowledge and Modalities Planner), described in the book. Dr. Appelt's work thus has important applications to the design of interactive computer systems, multiagent planning systems and the planning of knowledge acquisition.
Title:Planning English SentencesFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:184 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.43 inShipping dimensions:8.98 × 5.98 × 0.43 inPublished:June 26, 1992Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521438039

ISBN - 13:9780521438032


Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. An overview of related research; 3. Representing knowledge about intensional concepts; 4. Planning to affect an agent's mental state; 5. Planning illocutionary acts; 6. Planning surface linguistic acts; 7. Utterance planning: an example; 8. Utterance planning: the future; Notes; Bibliography.

From Our Editors

'Planning English Sentences' is an ambitious and significant contribution to research on language generation in artificial intelligence. Most research in machine translation has focused on an internal semantic representation into the target language; Douglas Appelt has taken this further by looking at problems posed by the requirement in effective communication of reasoning in detail about what the hearer knows and wants.

Editorial Reviews

"...important reading for anyone either working in or just trying to keep up with natural language processing." Computational Linguistics