Priority Union and Generalization in Discourse Grammars

Claire Grover, Chris Brew, Suresh Manandhar, Marc Moens

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We describe an implementation in Carpenter's typed feature formalism, ALE, of a discourse gram~ mar of the kind proposed by Scha, Polanyi, et al. We examine their method for resolving parallelism-dependent anaphora and show that there is a coherent feature-structural rendition of this type of grammar which uses the operations of priority union and generalization. We describe an augmentation of the ^LE system to encompass these operations and we show that an appropriate choice of definition for priority union gives the desired multiple output for examples of Vl-ellipsis which exhibit a strict/sloppy ambiguity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication32nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 27-30 June 1994, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA, Proceedings.
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1994

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