MoL-2013-17: Constituentless Compositionality: A Compositional Account of Dependency Grammar

MoL-2013-17: Nefdt, Ryan (2013) Constituentless Compositionality: A Compositional Account of Dependency Grammar. [Report]

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In this research, I investigate the principle of compositionality from a formal linguistic point of view. I describe the natural language debate surrounding the principle and argue against the usual reasons in its favour according to systematicity, productivity and linguistic infinity. I then discuss the principle with relation to the formal languages used in modeling natural languages. I argue that the principle is valid in this domain of abstraction only given complexity and infinity issues. Finally, I attempt to provide a compositional treatment of a non-constituency based grammar formalism, dependency grammar, using underspecification and head semantics

Item Type: Report
Report Nr: MoL-2013-17
Series Name: Master of Logic Thesis (MoL) Series
Year: 2013
Uncontrolled Keywords: Logic; Language; Formal Semantics; Dependancy Grammar; Compositionality; Formal Language Theory
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 14:38
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 14:38

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