Conditional Descriptions in Functional Unification Grammar.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MARINA DEL REY INFORMATION SCIENCES INST
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Often, a grammatical description only applies to a linguistic object when that object has certain features. Such conditional descriptions can be indirectly modeled in Kays Functional Unification Grammar FUG with functional descriptions that are embedded within disjunctive alternatives. An extension to FUG is proposed that allows for a direct representation of conditional descriptions. This extension has been used to model the input conditions on the systems of systemic grammar. Conditional descriptions are formally defined in terms of logical implication and negation. This formal definition enables the use of conditional descriptions as a general notational extension to any of the unification-based grammar representation systems currently used in computational linguistics. Keywords Natural language Artificial intelligence Parsing Syntax.
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