|From:||"Adrian Walker" <adriandwalker@xxxxxxxxx>|
|Date:||Wed, 8 Aug 2007 16:22:50 -0400|
Hi John --|
Good, we are agreed. Vocabulary should be open.
But IMHO so should the syntax, to the largest extent possible, as in the IBL system online at the site below.
So, this raises questions:
Q1. I wish to use the new verb "to change up". (It's established government jargon, and it's not about shifting gears in a car). In a "controlled" approach, would I have to update a dictionary, and possibly also a grammar?
Q2. Then I'd like to write executable English sentences like "we will change up the capacity building withholding under programmatic disinterested restabilization". (Invented, but the kind of thing you find in government documents.) Would I need to find a computational linguist to update the "controlling" grammar for me? For each new sentence of this kind of complexity? It starts to look impractical.
These kinds of "controlled" systems are often brittle, and do not seem to be widely used for practical real world tasks. For example, I once tested one of the most sophisticated known dictonary-grammar based "controlled English" systems with the sentence "carpooling is a good thing". Sad to say, it died.
At one level, this is a discussion about two different pragmatic approaches (controlling dictionary-grammar versus neither) to making English computationally useful. However, underlying that, there may be some rather fundamental questions about the nature of natural language in context. What do you think?
Cheers, -- Adrian
Internet Business Logic (R)
A Wiki for Executable Open Vocabulary English
Online at www.reengineeringllc.com Shared use is free
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