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An inquisitive account of wh-questions through event semantics

Maxime Amblard
Maria Boritchev
Philippe de Groote

Abstract

Question processing is a frequently discussed topic in Natural Language Processing, in particular for chatbots or question and answer systems. However, it is difficult to have a logical representation of questions that can be used in these tasks, let alone automatically produced. We present a compositional method for logically computing the semantic representations of wh-questions. We use compositional Neo-Davidsonian Event Semantics as presented in [10] with thematic roles, joined with Inquisitive Semantics [14]. We implement our encoding using the Abstract Categorial Grammars framework [23]. Our model results in an operationalized view of wh-questions and inquisitive existentials which we illustrate on several examples of wh-questions including who, which and where.
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hal-03541222 , version 1 (29-03-2022)

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Maxime Amblard, Maria Boritchev, Philippe de Groote. An inquisitive account of wh-questions through event semantics. LACL 2021 - Logical Aspects of Computational Linguistics, Dec 2021, Montpellier (online), France. ⟨hal-03541222⟩
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