Paper: A Generation-Oriented Workbench For Performance Grammar: Capturing Linear Order Variability In German And Dutch

ACL ID W06-1402
Title A Generation-Oriented Workbench For Performance Grammar: Capturing Linear Order Variability In German And Dutch
Venue International Conference on Natural Language Generation
Session Main Conference
Year 2006
Authors

We describe a generation-oriented workbench for the Performance Grammar (PG) formalism, highlighting the treatment of certain word order and movement constraints in Dutch and German. PG enables a simple and uni- form treatment of a heterogeneous col- lection of linear order phenomena in the domain of verb constructions (variably known as Cros-serial De- pendencies, Verb Raising, Clause Un- ion, Extraposition, Third Construction, Particle Hoping, etc.). The central data structures enabling this feature are clausal “topologies”: one-dimensional arrays associated with clauses, whose cells (“slots”) provide landing sites for the constituents of the clause. Move- ment operations are enabled by unifica- tion of lateral slots of topologies at ad- jacent levels of the clause hierarchy. The...