Mapping Sentences to Case Frames

Unknown author (1977-03)

This report describes research done at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Support for the laboratory's artificial intelligence research is provided in part by the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Department of Defence under Office of Naval Research Contract N00014-75-C-0643.

Working Paper

This paper describes a range of phenomena that a case frame system should be able to handle and proposes generalizations to capture this behavior which are formulated as a set of production-like rules. These rules allow the possible surface orders of cases found in English declarative sentences to be generated from a case frame. This is important for the implementation of a case frame builder described here which requires the ability to determine what cases in a case frame can appear in a grammatical role. The appendix contains an in detail survey of some English verbs which illustrate the types of mapping found in English.