Rainer Osswald

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The proper interpretation of prepositions is an important issue for automatic natural language understanding. We present an approach towards PP interpretation as part of a natural language understanding system which has been successfully employed in various NLP tasks for information retrieval and question answering. Our approach is based on the so-called(More)
Different types of linguistic classification, ranging from simple inheritance hierarchies to systemic networks, are classified algebraically and order-theoretically. To this end, classifications are reformulated as observational theories. Classifications that do not involve disjunction correspond to Horn theories, whose generic universe ordered by(More)
In the so-called information society with its strong tendency towards individualization, it becomes more and more important to have all sorts of textual information available in a simple and easy to understand language. We present an approach that allows to automatically rate the readability of German texts and also provides suggestions how to make a given(More)
The use of simple and easy to understand language is an essential requirement for web documents to be accessible by people with cognitive or reading disabilities. We present an architecture that scores the readability of textual content automatically and also provides hints about possible obstacles to readability in the given text. Our approach is based on(More)