The Active-Filler Strategy in a Move-Eager Left-Corner Minimalist Grammar Parser

Tim Hunter, Milos Stanojevic, Edward Stabler

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Recent psycholinguistic evidence suggests that human parsing of moved elements is 'active', and perhaps even 'hyper-active': it seems that a leftward-moved object is related to a verbal position rapidly, perhaps even before the transitivity information associated with the verb is available to the listener. This paper presents a formal, sound and complete parser for Minimalist Grammars whose search space contains branching points that we can identify as the locus of the decision to perform this kind of active gap-finding. This brings formal models of parsing into closer contact with recent psycholinguistic theorizing than was previously possible.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics
Place of PublicationMinneapolis, Minnesota
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2019
EventCognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics - Minneapolis, United States
Duration: 7 Jun 20197 Jun 2019


WorkshopCognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics
Abbreviated titleCMCL 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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