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CUF  A Formalism for Linguistic Knowledge Representation
 Deliverable R.1.2A, DYANA
, 1993
"... We describe the formalism CUF (Comprehensive Unification Formalism), which has been designed as a tool for writing and making computational use of any kind of linguistic description ranging from phonology to pragmatics. The motivations for its major design decisions are discussed. CUF is an offsprin ..."
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We describe the formalism CUF (Comprehensive Unification Formalism), which has been designed as a tool for writing and making computational use of any kind of linguistic description ranging from phonology to pragmatics. The motivations for its major design decisions are discussed. CUF is an offspring of the line of theoryneutral universal grammar formalisms like PATRII [SUP + 83] and STUFII [BKU88, Dor91, DR91]. Like these it is based on defining feature structures and relations over these as encodings of linguistic principles and data. However, it is radically more expressive, since it allows the definition of arbitrary recursive relational dependencies without tying recursion to phrase structure rules. Complex restrictions needed in semantic interpretation like anaphora resolution and presupposition checking can thus be stated in the same description language as the syntactic restrictions, providing the basis for highly integrated linguistic processing. CUF can be roughly charact...
Combining Deduction and Model Checking into Tableaux and Algorithms for ConversePDL
 Information and Computation
, 1998
"... . This paper presents a prefixed tableaux calculus for Propositional Dynamic Logic with Converse based on a combination of different techniques such as prefixed tableaux for modal logics and model checkers for ¯calculus. We prove the correctness and completeness of the calculus and illustrate its f ..."
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. This paper presents a prefixed tableaux calculus for Propositional Dynamic Logic with Converse based on a combination of different techniques such as prefixed tableaux for modal logics and model checkers for ¯calculus. We prove the correctness and completeness of the calculus and illustrate its features. We also discuss the transformation of the tableaux method (naively NEXPTIME) into an EXPTIME algorithm. 1 Introduction Propositional Dynamic Logics (PDLs) are modal logics introduced in [10] to model the evolution of the computation process by describing the properties of states reached by programs during their execution [15, 24, 27]. Over the years, PDLs have been proved to be a valuable formal tool in Computer Science, Logic, Computational Linguistics, and Artificial Intelligence far beyond their original use for program verification (e.g. [4, 12, 14, 15, 24, 23]). In this paper we focus on ConversePDL (CPDL) [10], obtained from the basic logic PDL by adding the converse operat...
Hybrid Logics
"... This chapter provides a modern overview of the field of hybrid logic. Hybrid logics are extensions of standard modal logics, involving symbols that name individual states in models. The first results that are nowadays considered as part of the field date back to the early work of Arthur ..."
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This chapter provides a modern overview of the field of hybrid logic. Hybrid logics are extensions of standard modal logics, involving symbols that name individual states in models. The first results that are nowadays considered as part of the field date back to the early work of Arthur
The Computational Complexity of Hybrid Temporal Logics
 Logic Journal of the IGPL
, 2000
"... In their simplest form, hybrid languages are propositional modal languages which can refer to states. They were introduced by Arthur Prior, the inventor of tense logic, and played an important role in his work: because they make reference to specic times possible, they remove the most serious obstac ..."
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In their simplest form, hybrid languages are propositional modal languages which can refer to states. They were introduced by Arthur Prior, the inventor of tense logic, and played an important role in his work: because they make reference to specic times possible, they remove the most serious obstacle to developing modal approaches to temporal representation and reasoning. However very little is known about the computational complexity of hybrid temporal logics. In this paper we analyze the complexity of the satisability problem of a number of hybrid temporal logics: the basic hybrid language over transitive frames; nominal tense logic over transitive frames, strict total orders, and transitive trees; nominal Until logic; and referential interval logic. We discuss the eects of including nominals, the @ operator, the somewhere modality E, and the dierence operator D. Adding nominals to tense logic leads for several frame{classes to an increase in complexity of the satisability pro...
EXPTIME tableaux for ALC
 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
, 2000
"... The last years have seen two major advances in Knowledge Representation and Reasoning. First, many interesting problems (ranging from Semistructured Data to Linguistics) were shown to be expressible in logics whose main deductive problems are EXPTIMEcomplete. Second, experiments in automated reaso ..."
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The last years have seen two major advances in Knowledge Representation and Reasoning. First, many interesting problems (ranging from Semistructured Data to Linguistics) were shown to be expressible in logics whose main deductive problems are EXPTIMEcomplete. Second, experiments in automated reasoning have substantially broadened the meaning of “practical tractability”. Instances of realistic size for PSPACEcomplete problems are now within reach for implemented systems. Still, there is a gap between the reasoning services needed by the expressive logics mentioned above and those provided by the current systems. Indeed, the algorithms based on treeautomata, which are used to prove EXPTIMEcompleteness, require exponential time and space even in simple cases. On the other hand, current algorithms based on tableau methods can take advantage of such cases, but require double exponential time in the worst case. We propose a tableau calculus for the description logic ALC for checking the satisfiability of a concept with respect to a TBox with general axioms, and transform it into the first simple tableaubased decision procedure working in single exponential time. To guarantee the ease of implementation, we also discuss the effects that optimizations (propositional backjumping, simplification, semantic branching, etc.) might have on our complexity result, and introduce a few optimizations ourselves.
Talking About Trees
 In Proceedings of the 6th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics
, 1993
"... In this paper we introduce a modal lan guage L T for imposing constraints on trees, and an extension LT(L r) for imposing con straints on trees decorated with feature structures. The motivation for introducing these languages is to provide tools for formalising grammatical frameworks perspic ..."
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In this paper we introduce a modal lan guage L T for imposing constraints on trees, and an extension LT(L r) for imposing con straints on trees decorated with feature structures. The motivation for introducing these languages is to provide tools for formalising grammatical frameworks perspicuously, and the paper illustrates this by showing how the leading ideas of arsa can be captured in LT(Lr).
On the Expressivity of Feature Logics with Negation, Functional Uncertainty, and Sort Equations
 JOURNAL OF LOGIC, LANGUAGE AND INFORMATION
, 1993
"... Feature logics are the logical basis for socalled unification grammars studied in computational linguistics. We investigate the expressivity of feature terms with negation and the functional uncertainty construct needed for the description of longdistance dependencies and obtain the following resu ..."
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Feature logics are the logical basis for socalled unification grammars studied in computational linguistics. We investigate the expressivity of feature terms with negation and the functional uncertainty construct needed for the description of longdistance dependencies and obtain the following results: satisfiability of feature terms is undecidable, sort equations can be internalized, consistency of sort equations is decidable if there is at least one atom, and consistency of sort equations is undecidable if there is no atom.
Feature Logics
 HANDBOOK OF LOGIC AND LANGUAGE, EDITED BY VAN BENTHEM & TER MEULEN
, 1994
"... Feature logics form a class of specialized logics which have proven especially useful in classifying and constraining the linguistic objects known as feature structures. Linguistically, these structures have their origin in the work of the Prague school of linguistics, followed by the work of Chom ..."
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Feature logics form a class of specialized logics which have proven especially useful in classifying and constraining the linguistic objects known as feature structures. Linguistically, these structures have their origin in the work of the Prague school of linguistics, followed by the work of Chomsky and Halle in The Sound Pattern of English [16]. Feature structures have been reinvented several times by computer scientists: in the theory of data structures, where they are known as record structures, in artificial intelligence, where they are known as frame or slotvalue structures, in the theory of data bases, where they are called "complex objects", and in computati
Representation, Reasoning, and Relational Structures: a Hybrid Logic Manifesto
 Logic Journal of IGPL
, 2000
"... This paper is about the good side of modal logic, the bad side of modal logic, and how hybrid logic takes the good and xes the bad. In essence, modal logic is a simple formalism for working with relational structures (or multigraphs) . But modal logic has no mechanism for referring to or reasoning ..."
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This paper is about the good side of modal logic, the bad side of modal logic, and how hybrid logic takes the good and xes the bad. In essence, modal logic is a simple formalism for working with relational structures (or multigraphs) . But modal logic has no mechanism for referring to or reasoning about the individual nodes in such structures, and this lessens its eectiveness as a representation formalism. In their simplest form, hybrid logics are upgraded modal logics in which reference to individual nodes is possible. But hybrid logic is a rather unusual modal upgrade. It pushes one simple idea as far as it will go: represent all information as formulas. This turns out to be the key needed to draw together a surprisingly diverse range of work (for example, feature logic, description logic and labelled deduction) . Moreover, it displays a number of knowledge representation issues in a new light, notably the importance of sorting. Keywords: Labelled deduction, description logic, f...