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Strömbäck, L. (1994). FLUF: A Flexible Unification Formalism - the Idea. The short version accepted to the 15th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Kyoto, Japan, 5-9 Augusti 1994. Technical Report LiTH-IDA-R-94-12, Department of Computer and Information Science, Linköping University, Sweden. (bibtex),

Abstract: FLUF: A FLexible Unification Formalism - the Idea Lena Strömbäck Abstract In this report we focus on flexibility as an important property for a unification-based formalism within natural language processing. We motivate the need for a flexible formalism by observing that the extensions defined for unification-based formalism are numerous. Moreover, it does not seem possible to define a formalism which include all these extensions and variants of extensions why we instead suggest a flexible formalism which can be adjusted to the needs of the user as the solution. We present the main features of FLUF as our solution to a flexible formalism. We also demonstrate how FLUF can be used by expressing some different extensions proposed for unification-based formalisms in it and by comparing it to some other unification-based formalisms.

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