Paper: On Parsing Preferences

ACL ID P84-1054
Title On Parsing Preferences
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1984

It is argued that syntactic preference principles such as Right Association and Minimal Attachment are unsatisfactory as usually formulated. Among the difficulties are: (I) dependence on ill-specified or implausible principles of parser operation; (2) dependence on questionable assumptions about syntax; (3) lack Of provision, even in principle, for integration with semantic and pragmatic preference principles; and (4) apparent counterexamples, even when discounting (I)-(3). A possible approach to a solution is sketched. I. Some preference principles The following are some standard kinds of sentences illustrating the role of syntactic preferences. (I) John bought the book which I had selected for Mary (2) John promised to visit frequently (3) The girl in the chair with the spindly legs loo...