An Experimental Parser for Systemic Grammars.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MARINA DEL REY INFORMATION SCIENCES INST
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This report describes a general parsing method for systematic grammars. Systematic grammars contain a paradigmatic analysis of language in addition to structural information, so a parser must assign a set of grammatical features and functions to each constituent in addition to producing a constituent structure. Our method constructs a parser by compiling systemic grammars into the notation of Functional Unification Grammar. The existing methods for parsing with unification grammars have been extended to handle a fuller range of paradigmatic descriptions. In particular, the PATR-II system has been extended by using disjunctive and conditional information in functional descriptions that are attached to phrase structure rules. The method has been tested with a large grammar of English that was originally developed for text generation. This testing is the basis for some observations about the bidirectional use of a grammar. Keywords Artificial intelligence Bidirectional grammar Computational linguistics Feature structures Functional grammar Natural language Parsing Syntax Systemic grammar Unification grammar. JHD.
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