Paper: Parsing Parallel Grammatical Representations

ACL ID P98-1089
Title Parsing Parallel Grammatical Representations
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1998

Traditional accounts of quantifier scope em- ploy qualitative constraints or rules to account for scoping preferences. This paper outlines a feature-based parsing algorithm for a gram- mar with multiple simultaneous levels of repre- sentation, one of which corresponds to a par- tial ordering among quantifiers according to scope. The optimal such ordering (as well as the ranking of other orderings) is determined in this grammar not by absolute constraints, but by stochastic heuristics based on the de- gree of alignment among the representational levels. A Prolog implementation is described and its accuracy is compared with that of other accounts.