Distributed Grammar is an integrated framework for Associative Semantics (AS) and Meta-Informative Centering (MIC) theory. It is being designed in the framework of a multi-layer modelling of the problems of natural language understanding.
The rule-only-based analysis of tree-like structuring of languages needs to be replaced by the distributed logic analysis of web-like representations which are more suitable for building meaning representations within intelligent distributed (multi-processor) systems.
In Distributed Grammar grounding (refinement, compression, accommodation and the like) goes across the other domains of discourse analysis such as (a) the communication space (backward and forward looking units or, in other words, anaphora and cataphora), (b) the cognition space ("known" and "unknown") as well as (c) knowledge space (including modality, temporality, aspectuality etc.). It can be considered therefore that grounding, refinement and accommodation play an additive and resolving role in conception (creativity), transmission and comprehension of semantic and pragmatic contents in human communication processes.
* The term "grammar" is used here in an European structuralist, analytical sense (i.e.: system of oppositions and combinations) rather than in the American structuralist, generativist sense (i.e.: as a set of production rules).ASSOCIATIVE SEMANTICS (AS)
META-INFORMATIVE CENTERING THEORY (MIC)
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