Paper: Towards An Account Of Extraposition In HPSG

ACL ID E95-1045
Title Towards An Account Of Extraposition In HPSG
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1995

This paper investigates the syntax of extraposition in the HPSG framework. We present English and German data (partly taken from corpora), and provide an analysis using a nonlocal dependency and lexical rules. The condition for bind- ing the dependency is formulated rela- tive to the antecedent of the extraposed phrase, which entails that no fixed site for extraposition exists. Our account al- lows to explains the interaction of extra- position with fronting and coordination, and predicts constraints on multiple ex- traposition. 1 The Data 1.1 Extraposition of S and PP In English, phrases can be extraposed, i.e., dislo- cated to the right boundary of a sentence. This phenomenon can be observed with adjuncts, such as relative clauses or PPs in (1)-(3), as well as with sentential and preposi...