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Designing a portable natural language database interface Booth, Allan David


Allowing a user to inquire into a database in his native language is becoming an increasingly desirable feature. Consequently, there have been a number of attempts to attach a natural language front end to an existing database management system. However, few database systems today are competent in processing natural language queries. The main stumbling block is the adaptation of an existing natural language front end to a new domain of discourse. The development of a domain independent natural language interface to an existing database management system is discussed here. The underlying domain independent features of natural language are examined and combined into one linguistic core. The domain specific information is gathered into an information dictionary for the linguistic core to process. Finally, the interface to the database handling routines is modularized with standard inputs and outputs.

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