Paper: Compositional Semantics For Linguistic Formalisms

ACL ID P99-1013
Title Compositional Semantics For Linguistic Formalisms
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1999
Authors

In what sense is a grammar the union of its rules? This paper adapts the notion of com- position, well developed in the context of pro- gramming languages, to the domain of linguis- tic formalisms. We study alternative definitions for the semantics of such formalisms, suggest- ing a denotational semantics that we show to be compositional and fully-abstract. This fa- cilitates a clear, mathematically sound way for defining grammar modularity.