Temporal and Event Information in Natural Language Text
In this paper, we discuss the role that temporal information plays in natural language text, specifically in the context of question answering systems. We define a descriptive framework with which we can examine the temporally sensitive aspects of natural language queries. We then investigate broadly what properties a general specification language would need, in order to mark up temporal and event information in text. We present a language, TimeML, which attempts to capture the richness of temporal and event related information in language, while demonstrating how it can play an important part in the development of more robust question answering systems.