Developing natural language interfaces: A test case

Gert Veldhuijzen van Zanten, Rieks op den Akker

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    Abstract

    Dutch is the best language there is. For the Dutch that is. Therefore they prefer to think in Dutch, not in a foreign language like En­glish, SQL or some other computer language. Instead of learning people to use a strange language for communicating with machines, it may be preferable to learn machines to communicate with Dutch people in Dutch. This has led to the idea of making something "in between man and machine": an interface to bridge the gap between natural language and machine language. How do you make such a bridge and what kind of things do you need for making it? If you can't make a Natural Language Interface for data base querying there are more things you can't do. Making an NLI: a test case for the ability of making more sophisticated natural language processing systems.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSpeech and Language Engineering
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the eighth Twente Workshop on Language Technology
    EditorsL. Boves, A. Nijholt
    Place of PublicationEnschede
    PublisherUniversity of Twente
    Pages121-135
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 1994
    EventTwente Workshop on Language Technology, TWLT 8 - Enschede, the Netherlands
    Duration: 1 Dec 19942 Dec 1994

    Publication series

    NameTwente Workshop on Language Technology
    PublisherUniversity of Twente
    Volume8
    ISSN (Print)0929-0672

    Workshop

    WorkshopTwente Workshop on Language Technology, TWLT 8
    Period1/12/942/12/94
    OtherDecember 1-2, 1994

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