Paper: The Order Of Prenominal Adjectives In Natural Language Generation

ACL ID P00-1012
Title The Order Of Prenominal Adjectives In Natural Language Generation
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2000
Authors
  • Robert Malouf (University of Groningen, Groningen The Netherlands)

The order of prenominal adjectival modifiers in English is governed by complex and difficult to describe con- straints which straddle the boundary between competence and performance. This paper describes and compares a number of statistical and machine learning techniques for ordering se- quences of adjectives in the context of a natural language generation system. 1 The problem The question of robustness is a perennial prob- lem for parsing systems. In order to be useful, a parser must be able to accept a wide range of input types, and must be able to gracefully deal with dysfluencies, false starts, and other ungram- matical input. In natural language generation, on the other hand, robustness is not an issue in the same way. While a tactical generator must be able to deal with a wide rang...