Paper: Parsing A Free-Word Order Language: WARLPIRI

ACL ID P86-1010
Title Parsing A Free-Word Order Language: WARLPIRI
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1986

Free-word order languages have long posed significant problems for standard parsing algorithms. This paper re- ports on an implemented parser, based on Government- Binding theory (GB) (Chomsky, 1981, 1982), for a par- ticular free-word order language, Warlpiri, an aboriginal language of central Australia. The parser is explicitly de- signed to transparently mirror the principles of GB. The operation of this parsing system is quite different in character from that of a rule-based parsing system, ~ e.g., a context-free parsing method. In this system, phrases are constructed via principles of selection, case-marking, case- assignment, and argument-linking, rather than by phrasal rules. The output of the parser for a sample Warlpiri sentence of four words in length is given. The parser was exe...