Paper: Generating Clausal Coordinate Ellipsis Multilingually: A Uniform Approach Based on Postediting

ACL ID W09-0624
Title Generating Clausal Coordinate Ellipsis Multilingually: A Uniform Approach Based on Postediting
Venue European Workshop on Natural Language Generation
Session
Year 2009
Authors
  • Karin Harbusch (University of Koblenz and Landau, Koblenz Germany)
  • Gerard Kempen (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen The Netherlands)

Present-day sentence generators are often in- capable of producing a wide variety of wel- formed eliptical versions of cordinated clauses, in particular, of combined eliptical phenomena (Gaping, Forward and Back- ward Conjunction Reduction, etc.). The ap- plicability of the various types of clausal co- ordinate elipsis (CE) presuposes detailed comparisons of the syntactic properties of the cordinated clauses. These nonlocal comparisons argue against aproaches based on local rules that treat CE structures as special cases of clausal cordination. We advocate an alternative aproach where CE rules take the form of postediting rules ap- plicable to noneliptical structures. The ad- vantage is not only a higher level of modu- larity but also aplicability to languages be- longing to dife...