The purpose of this chapter is to show how relational algebra can be applied to the semantics of natural language. The use of relational algebra for natural language semantics was first proposed in [Suppes 1976] under the heading of relational grammar in the context of model theory. It was extended to various areas of English such as modification of nouns by adjectives [Suppes, Macken 1978], intonation [Suppes 1979b], rules of natural language inference [Suppes 1979a], anaphoric pronouns [Böttner 1992b] and [Böttner 1996], and coordination [Böttner 1994]. An extension to a procedural semantics was proposed in [Böttner 1992a]. Most of Suppes’ articles have now become easily accessible in [Suppes 1991].
KeywordsNatural Language Binary Relation Noun Phrase Relative Clause Relational Algebra
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