Paper: A Quantitative Model Of Word Order And Movement In English Dutch And German Complement Constructions

ACL ID C02-1034
Title A Quantitative Model Of Word Order And Movement In English Dutch And German Complement Constructions
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2002
Authors
  • Karin Harbusch (University of Koblenz and Landau, Koblenz Germany)
  • Gerard Kempen (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen The Netherlands; Leiden University, Leiden The Netherlands)

We present a quantitative model of word order and movement constraints that enables a simple and uniform treatment of a seemingly het- erogeneous collection of linear order phenomena in English, Dutch and German complement con- structions (Wh-extraction, clause union, extraposi- tion, verb clustering, particle movement, etc.). Un- derlying the scheme are central assumptions of the psycholinguistically motivated Performance Gram- mar (PG). Here we describe this formalism in de- clarative terms based on typed feature unification. PG allows a homogenous treatment of both the within- and between-language variations of the or- dering phenomena under discussion, which reduce to different settings of a small number of quantita- tive parameters.