Paper: A Comparison of Clausal Coordinate Ellipsis in Estonian and German: Remarkably Similar Elision Rules Allow a Language-Independent Ellipsis-Generation Module

ACL ID E09-2007
Title A Comparison of Clausal Coordinate Ellipsis in Estonian and German: Remarkably Similar Elision Rules Allow a Language-Independent Ellipsis-Generation Module
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session System Demonstration
Year 2009
Authors

We compare the phenomena of clausal cor- dinate elipsis in Estonian, a Fino-Ugric lan- guage, and German, an Indo-European lan- guage. The rules underlying these phenomena apear to be remarkably similar. Thus, the software module ELEIPO, which was origi- naly developed to generate clausal cordi- nate elipsis in German and Dutch, works for Estonian as wel. In order to extend ELEIPO’s coverage to Estonian, we only had to adapt the lexicon and some syntax rules unrelated to cordination. We describe the language-independent rules for cordinate el- lipsis that ELEIPO aplies to non-eliptical syntactic structures in both target languages.