The Syntactic Process by Mark Steedman

By Mark Steedman

In this e-book Mark Steedman argues that the outside syntax of normal languages maps spoken and written types on to a compositional semantic illustration that comes with predicate-argument constitution, quantification, and knowledge constitution with no developing any intervening structural illustration. His goal is to build a principled conception of average grammar that's without delay appropriate with either explanatory linguistic money owed of a couple of complex syntactic phenomena and a simple computational account of how sentences are mapped onto representations of that means. the unconventional nature of Steedman's notion stems from his declare that a lot of the obvious complexity of syntax, prosody, and processing follows from the lexical specification of the grammar and from the involvement of a small variety of common rule-types for combining predicates and arguments. those syntactic operations are relating to the combinators of Combinatory common sense, engendering a far freer definition of derivational constituency than is characteristically assumed. This estate permits Combinatory Categorial Grammar to seize elegantly the constitution and interpretation of coordination and intonation contour in English in addition to a few famous interactions among notice order, coordination, and relativization throughout a couple of different languages. It additionally permits extra direct compatibility with incremental semantic interpretation in the course of parsing.

The e-book covers issues in formal linguistics, intonational phonology, computational linguistics, and experimental psycholinguistics, offering them as an built-in concept of the language school in a kind obtainable to readers from any of these fields.

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1985) extensively explored the extent to which all grammatical phenomena can be captured in context-free terms. The reason for believing that natural grammars are of strictly greater than context-free power lies in the fact that, although nonnesting or intercalating dependencies are rare, strong adequacy will undoubtedly require them to be captured in some, and perhaps all, natural languages. The most convincing observation of this kind came from Dutch, in work by Huybregts (1976), although it was some time before a formal proof in the form of a proof of weak inadequacy of context-free grammars was forthcoming on the basis of a similar phenomenon in related Germanic dialects (Huybregts 1984; Shieber 1985).

Arguments that are unspecified for agreement (such as the object of married, (8)) by convention have such a variable as their value on this feature bundle or attribute, allowing them to "unify" with any more specified value in the sense of the term current in programming languages like Prolog. (See Sag et al. 1986 for the basic approach, and Bayer and Johnson 1995 for discussion of some complexities that we will also pass over here. 2 Interpretation and Predicate-Argument Structure Although for many purposes we will continue to be able to ignore the details of semantics in derivations, it will from time to time be important to remember that categories also include semantic interpretations.

Marry'xy, in which the subject combines first, followed by the object. Such a Logical Form cannot be simplified, and makes an essential, though entirely local, use of l-abstraction. In Steedman 1996b, I argue that this degree of freedom in the lexical specification of Logical Forms is required to account for binding phenomena in English, as well as in VSO and OSV languages. In later sections we will see that it is also implicated by coordination phenomena in verb-initial constructions in English, and in other SVO and VSO languages.

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