There is no need to regard language as an ideal object to find semantic
propositions. You can try and device a robust approach that extracts
some sort of core semantic representation, this is feasible with the
This is the central idea in answer extraction and question answering
systems like ExtrAns and AnswerFinder. These systems find the sentences
with highest predicate overlap with the predicates generated by the
question. And you guess right, this list of predicates is automatically
produced from any text sentence or question.
For more information you can have a look at:
AnswerFinder's Web page is still very preliminary, I'll add more
Tadeusz Piotrowski wrote:
> I know some people love semantic propositions etc., but for me we are
> back again in the world of Platonic ideas. I like this discussion group
> because language is usually not regarded here as an ideal object. I must
> confess I find counting (calculating) ideal objects like semantic
> propositions a bit difficult. I find it difficult both as a researcher
> and as a practising translator, and I reach for my Quine to find peace
> of mind.
> Tadeusz Piotrowski
>>[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Alex Chengyu Fang
>>Sent: Monday, April 29, 2002 5:34 PM
>>To: Yorick Wilks
>>Cc: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
>>Subject: Re: Corpora: Relatve text length
>>What I wanted to say is that there are different ways
>>of measuring the relative length and that, if counts
>>of characters, syllables and morphemes are used, you
>>are likely to see differences between language pairs.
>>If, however, semantic proposition is used as key,
>>lanauges may not be so different as the number of
>>propositions should be a near constant across
>>multi-lingual texts that are mutual translations of
>>So, my simplistic view is that to see the differences,
>>use characters, syllables and morphemes as
>>measurements. To see similarities (the other
>>direction), the number of semantic propositions can
>>serve the purpose.
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