[Powderworks] fireballs and NLP
Thu, 20 Sep 2001 23:39:55 +0200
Let's talk linguistics!
>From: Henry Longmore <Henry.Krit.Longmore@m.cc.utah.edu>
>essentially (I didn't record it) the same...they saw an enormous
>fireball emanating from beneath the tower.
>I am taking a class in Natural Language Processing (and have taken a
>couple of linguistics classes). This causes me to analyze the
>sentence more than usual. So the question is, how do we parse the
>sentence? Does the phrase "beneath one of the towers" attach to the
>person who was doing the viewing? Or does it attach to the fireball?
I've been studying computer linguistics, which includes NLP. So I understand
the parsing issue, but what is your actual point by this?
Do you mean that there *was* no fireball "from beneath the tower"?
It's probably as you say, that people were watching it standing beneath the
tower, but didn't the fireball actually emerge "from beneath"? Not that I
know what it looked like, but I would guess that it emanated from the top?
It's an interesting parsing dilemma however. :)
However, I had to look up the word "emanate" in my dictionary, and according
to the definition I would interpret the sentence as "from beneath the tower"
belonging to the fireball.
So, I did contradict myself now.
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