Paper: French Order Without Order

ACL ID E89-1034
Title French Order Without Order
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1989
  • Gabriel G. Bes (University of Clermont-Ferrand 2, Clermont-Ferrand France)
  • Claire Gardent (University of Clermont-Ferrand 2, Clermont-Ferrand France; University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh UK)

To account for the semi-free word order of French, Unification Categorial Grammar is extended in two ways. First, verbal valencies are contained in a set rather than in a list. Second, type-raised NP's are described as two-sided functors. The new framework does not overgenerate i.e., it accepts all and only the sentences which are grammatical. This follows partly from the elimination of false lexical ambiguities - i.e., ambiguities introduced in order to account for all the possible positions a word can be in within a sentence - and partly from a system of features constraining the possible combinations.