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Open-Domain Semantic Parsing with Boxer

Johan Bos
Center for Language and Cognition, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

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Published in: Proceedings of the 20th Nordic Conference of Computational Linguistics, NODALIDA 2015, May 11-13, 2015, Vilnius, Lithuania

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 109:41, s. 301-304

NEALT Proceedings Series 23:41, s. 301-304

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Published: 2015-05-06

ISBN: 978-91-7519-098-3

ISSN: 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online)


Boxer is a semantic parser for English texts with many input and output possibilities, and various ways to perform meaning analysis based on Discourse Representation Theory. This involves the various ways that meaning representations can be computed, as well as their possible semantic ingredients.


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