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A Relational Syntax-Semantics Interface Based on Dependency Grammar

Ralph Debusmann, Denys Duchier, Alexander Koller, Marco Kuhlmann, Gert Smolka, and Stefan Thater. A Relational Syntax-Semantics Interface Based on Dependency Grammar. In Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING), pages 176–182, Geneva, Switzerland, 2004.


We propose a syntax-semantics interface that realises the mapping between syntax and semantics as a relation and does not make functionality assumptions in either direction. This interface is stated in terms of Extensible Dependency Grammar (XDG), a grammar formalism we newly specify. XDG’s constraint-based parser supports the concurrent flow of information between any two levels of linguistic representation, even when only partial analyses are available. This generalises the concept of underspecification.


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