Paper: A Parser That Doesn't

ACL ID E85-1019
Title A Parser That Doesn't
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1985

This paper describes an implemented parser-interpreter which is intended as an abstract formal model of part of the process of sentence comprehension. It is illustrated here for Phrase Structure Grammars with a translation into a familiar type of logical form, although the general principles are intended to apply to any gram- matical theory sharing certain basic assumptions, which are dis- cussed in the paper. The procedure allows for incremental seman- tic interpretation as a sentence is parsed, and provides a principled explanation for some familiar observations concerning properties of deeply recursive constructions. Background The starting point for the present work is a set of familiar and, for the most part, uncontroversial c|~Lm~ s about the nature of grammatical description and of ...