Natural Language Access to Structured Text

@inproceedings{Hobbs1982NaturalLA,
  title={Natural Language Access to Structured Text},
  author={Jerry R. Hobbs and Donald E. Walker and Robert A. Amsler},
  booktitle={COLING},
  year={1982}
}
This paper discusses the problem of providing natural language access to textual material. We are developing a system that relates a request in English to specific passages in a document on the basis of correspondences between the logical representations of the information in the request and in the passages. In addition, we are developing procedures for automatically generating logical representations of text passages, directly from the text, by means of an analysis of the coherence structure… 
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