Grammar engineering in HPSG
Address: Uil-OTS, Trans 10, Room 2.18
When and where
- Hoorcolleges: Monday 11-13, Wednesday 9-11 (Drift 27:0.04)
- Practicum with
Rick Nouwen: Friday 9-13 (KNG80:0.13)
This course provides an introduction to the techniques and tools that
are necessary for the implementation of precise and extensible
grammars which are required both in research and in
industrial applications .
The course will combine background lectures and a practicum where the
students will have the opportunity to formalize linguistic knowledge
working within the unification based, lexicalist framework of
Head-driven Phrase Structure
Grammar (Pollard and Sag 1987, 1994).
The implementation of grammar fragments will be conducted within the
processing system ConTroll
, which has been developed at the University of
Tuebingen for the formalization of constraint-based
Topics which will be addressed include: the use of types and features
to encode linguistic information, the principles that govern the
distribution of features, the lexicon and how to encode lexical
generalizations (i.e. implicational constraints vs. lexical rules).
[Week 1] The use of features. Unification. Subsumption.
[Week 2] The use of types. The signature.
[Week 3] HPSG. The lexicon. Constituent structure.
[Week 4] HPSG. Linguistic generalizations and feature
[Week 5] Grammar fragment. Complex predicates in Romance and
Germanic. Comparison with CG approaches.
[Week 6] Grammar fragment.
Goetz et al. 1997.
The ConTroll Manual. . Ms. Tuebingen.
Goetz et al. 1997.
The ConTroll Reference Card .
UG Syllabus 1997-1998. Ms. Utrecht.
Hinrichs et al. (eds.) 1998. Complex Predicates in Nonderivational
Syntax. Syntax and Semantics. Vol. 30. Academic Press. San Diego.
Monachesi P. 1999
Some slides shown during the course.
Pollard C. and I. Sag 1987. Information based syntax and
semantics. Stanford: CSLI. Chapter 2.
Pollard C. and I. Sag 1994. Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar.
Stanford: CSLI. Chapter 1 and the Appendix.
Shieber S. 1986. An introduction to unification-based approaches to
grammar. Stanford: CSLI.
Written test after week 2 and week 4 (30%)
Implementation of grammar fragment (50%)
Last modified: Mon Mar 29 15:37:58 MET DST 1999