Paper: Talking About Trees

ACL ID E93-1004
Title Talking About Trees
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1993
  • Patrick Blackburn (Utrecht University, Utrecht The Netherlands)
  • Claire Gardent (University of Clermont-Ferrand 2, Clermont-Ferrand France; University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam The Netherlands)
  • Wilfried Meyer-Viol (Centrum Wiskunde en Informatica, Amsterdam The Netherlands)

In this paper we introduce a modal lan- guage L T for imposing constraints on trees, and an extension LT(L r) for imposing con- straints on trees decorated with feature structures. The motivation for introducing these languages is to provide tools for for- malising grammatical frameworks perspic- uously, and the paper illustrates this by showing how the leading ideas of GPS6 can be captured in LT(LF). In addition, the role of modal languages (and in particular, what we have called layered modal languages) as constraint for- malisms for linguistic theorising is discussed in some detail.