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Author Francez, Nissim

Title Unification grammars / Nissim Francez, Shuly Wintner
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 312 pages) : illustrations
Contents Cover; Unification Grammars; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Preface; Whom is this book for?; The organization of the book; Acknowledgment; 1 Introduction; 1.1 Syntax: the structure of natural languages; 1.2 Linguistic formalisms; 1.3 A gradual description of language fragments; 1.3.1 Basic sentences; 1.3.2 Subcategorization; 1.3.3 Control; 1.3.4 Long-distance dependencies; 1.3.5 Relative clauses; 1.3.6 Coordination; 1.3.7 What is not included?; 1.4 Formal languages; 1.5 Context-free grammars; 1.6 CFGs and natural languages; 1.7 Mildly context-sensitive languages
Summary "Grammars of natural languages can be expressed as mathematical objects, similar to computer programs. Such a formal presentation of grammars facilitates mathematical reasoning with grammars (and the languages they denote), as well as computational implementation of grammar processors. This book presents one of the most commonly used grammatical formalisms, Unification Grammars, which underlies contemporary linguistic theories such as Lexical-Functional Grammar (LFG) and Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG). The book provides a robust and rigorous exposition of the formalism that is both mathematically well-founded and linguistically motivated. While the material is presented formally, and much of the text is mathematically oriented, a core chapter of the book addresses linguistic applications and the implementation of several linguistic insights in unification grammars. Dozens of examples and numerous exercises (many with solutions) illustrate key points. Graduate students and researchers in both computer science and linguistics will find this book a valuable resource"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-305) and index
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Subject Grammar, Comparative and general -- Mathematical models.
Unification grammar.
Lexical-functional grammar.
Head-driven phrase structure grammar.
COMPUTERS -- Programming Languages -- General.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Grammar & Punctuation.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Linguistics -- Syntax.
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Mathematical models.
Head-driven phrase structure grammar.
Lexical-functional grammar.
Unification grammar.
Form Electronic book
Author Wintner, Shuly, 1963-
ISBN 9781139224628