Paper: WEDNESDAY: Parsing Flexible Word Order Languages

ACL ID E83-1018
Title WEDNESDAY: Parsing Flexible Word Order Languages
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1983

A parser for "flexible" word order languages must be substantially data driven. In our view syntax has two distinct roles in this connection: (i) to give impulses for assembling cognitive representations, (ii) to structure the space of search for fillers. WEDNESDAY is an interpreter for a language describing the lexicon and operating on natural language sentences. The system operates from left to right, interpreting the various words comprising the sentence one at a time. The basic ideas of the approach are the following: a) to introduce into the lexicon linguistic knowledge that in other systems is in a centralized module. The lexicon therefore carries not only morphological data and semantic descriptions. Also syntactic knowledge is distributed throughout it, partly of a procedural kind....