Paper: A Framework For Processing Partially Free Word Order

ACL ID P83-1016
Title A Framework For Processing Partially Free Word Order
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1983

The partially free word order in German belongs to the class of phenomena in natttral language that require a close in- teraction between syntax and pragmatics. Several competing principles, which are based on syntactic and on discourse in- formation, determine the [ineac order of noun phrases. A solu- tion to problems of this sort is a prerequisite for high-quality language generation. The linguistic framework of Generalized Phrase Structure Grammar offers tools for dealing with-word order variation. Some slight modifications to the framework al- low for an analysis of the German data that incorporates just the right, degree of interaction between syntactic and pragmatic components and that can account for conflicting ordering state- ments.