Representing Time in Natural Language
Alice ter Meulen integrates current research in natural language semantics with detailed analyses of English discourse and logical tools into an information theory that provides the foundation for computational systems to reason about change and the flow of time. She offers a systematic account of how we use temporal information contained in a text or in discourse to reason about the flow of time. A new representational toolkit is designed to formalize an appropriately context-dependent notion of situated inference.
"Representing Time in Natural Language will become a standardreference for graduate students, researchers in linguistics, and alsofor computer scientists who are interested in representing time inknowledge bases and in natural-language understandingsystems. Finally, it will be of interest to philosophers of logic andlanguage who wish to understand the phenomena surrounding tense andaspect."
—Jeff Pelletier, University of Alberta