Paper: Right Attachment And Preference Semantics

ACL ID E85-1013
Title Right Attachment And Preference Semantics
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1985

The paper claims that the right attachment rules for phrases originally suggested by Frazier and Fodor are wrong, and that none of the subsequent patchings of the rules by syntactic methods have improved the situation. For each rule there are perfectly straightfor- ward and indefinitely large classes of simple counter-examples. We then examine suggestions by Ford et M. , Schubert and Hirst which are quasi-semantic in nature and which we consider ingenious but unsatisfactory. We point towards a straightforward solution within the framework of preference semantics, set out in detail elsewhere, and argue that the principal issue is not the type and nature of infor- mation required to get appropriate phrase attachments, but the issue of where to store the information and with what processes to...