Paper: Flexible Parsing

ACL ID P80-1026
Title Flexible Parsing
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1980

When people use natural language in natural settings, they often use it ungrammatically, rnisSing out or repeating words, breaking-oil and restarting, speaking in Iragments, etc.. Their human listeners are usually able to cope with these deviations with little difficulty. If a computer system wislles tc accept natural language input from its users on a routine basis, it must display a similar indifference. In this paper, we outline a set of parsing flexibiiilies that :',uch a system should provide. We go, on to describe FlexP. a bottom-up pattern-matching parser that we have designed and implemented to provide these flexibilities for restricted natural lanai.age input to a limited-domain computer system. 1. The Importance of Flexible Parsing When people use natural language in natural con...