Paper: Towards Testing The Syntax Of Punctuation

ACL ID P96-1052
Title Towards Testing The Syntax Of Punctuation
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1996

Little work has been done in NLP on the subject of punctuation, owing mainly to a lack of a good theory on which computational treatments could be based. This paper described early work in progress to try to construct such a theory. Two approaches to finding the syntactic function of punctuation marks are discussed, and procedures are described by which the results from these approaches can be tested and evaluated both against each other as well as against other work. Suggestions are made for the use of these results, and for future work. 1 Background The field of punctuation has been almost completely ignored within Natural Language Processing, with perhaps the exception of the sentence-final full-stop (period). This is because there is no coherent theory of punctuation on which a computa...