A Formalism and Environment for the Development of a Large Grammar of English

Ted Briscoe, Claire Grover, Branimir Boguraev, John A. Carroll

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Natural language grammars with large coverage are typically the result of many person-years of effort, working with clumsy formalisms and sub-optimal software support for grammar development. This paper describes our approach to the task of writing a substantial grammar, as part of a collaboration to produce a general purpose morphological and syntactic analyser for English. The grammatical formalism we have developed for the task is a metagrammatical notation which is a more expressive and computationally tractable variant of Generalized Phrase Structure Grammar. We have also implemented a software
system which provides a highly integrated and very powerful set of tools for developing and managing a large grammar based on this notation. The system provides a grammarian with an environment which we have found to be essential for rapid but successful production of a substantial grammar.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence. Milan, Italy, August 1987
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1987


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