This book explains how to build Natural Language Generation (NLG) systems - computer software systems which use techniques from artificial intelligence and computational linguistics to automatically generate understandable texts in English or other human languages, either in isolation or as part of multimedia documents, Web pages, and speech output systems. Typically starting from some non-linguistic representation of information as input, NLG systems use knowledge about language and the application domain to automatically produce documents, reports, explanations, help messages, and other kinds of texts. The book covers the algorithms and representations needed to perform the core tasks of document planning, microplanning, and surface realization, using a case study to show how these components fit together. It also discusses engineering issues such as system architecture, requirements analysis, and the integration of text generation into multimedia and speech output systems.
• Only book on NLG, other than edited collections or revised Ph.D. theses • System-building approach, describes engineering as well as theoretical issues • Case-study shows how different modules fit together
Figures; Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. National Language Generation in practice; 3. The architecture of a Natural Language Generation system; 4. Document planning; 5. Microplanning; 6. Surface realisation; 7. Beyond text generation; Appendix; References; Index.