Paper: Passives

ACL ID E87-1049
Title Passives
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1987

The English passive construction has played a central role in the to-ings and fro-ings of grammatical theory over the last 30 years, from the earliest days of transformational grammar, to more recent, surface oriented theories of syn- tax. The casual reader of the linguistic literature might therefore suppose that the computational linguist looking for an off the shelf analysis of passives would be able to choose from among several competing analyses, each of which accommodated the facts, but perhaps derived them from (or from them} different theoretical principles. Un- fortunately, this is not the case. as we shall see. All of the analyses that [ am familiar with are incomplete, or in- accurate in some respects, or simply unprogrammable in any straightforward form. The present paper is an...