Non-canonical coordination in the transformational approach

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Recently introduced Transformational Semantics (TS) formalizes, restraints and makes rigorous the transformational approach epitomized by QR and Transformational Grammars: deriving a meaning (in the form of a logical formula or a logical form) by a series of transformations from a suitably abstract (tecto-) form of a sentence. TS generalizes various ‘monad’ or ‘continuation-based’ computational approaches, abstracting away irrelevant details (such as monads, etc.) while overcoming their rigidity and brittleness. Unlike QR, each transformation in TS is rigorously and precisely defined, typed, and deterministic. The restraints of TS and the sparsity of the choice points (in the order of applying the deterministic transformation steps) make it easier to derive negative predictions and control over-generation. We apply TS to right-node raising (RNR), gapping and other instances of non-constituent coordination. Our analyses straightforwardly represent the intuition that coordinated phrases must in some sense be ‘parallel’, with a matching structure. Coordinated material is not necessarily constituent – even ‘below the surface’ – and we do not pretend it is. We answer the Kubota, Levine and Moot challenge (the KLM problem) of analyzing RNR and gapping without directional types, yet avoiding massive over-generation. We thus formalize the old idea of ‘coordination reduction’ and show how to make it work for generalized quantifiers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence - JSAI-isAI 2016 Workshops, LENLS HAT-MASH, AI-Biz, JURISIN and SKL, 2016
EditorsSachiyo Arai, Ken Satoh, Daisuke Bekki, Setsuya Kurahashi, Yuiko Ohta
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783319615714
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event8th JSAI International Symposium on AI, JSAI-isAI 2016 - Yokohama, Japan
Duration: 2016 Nov 142016 Nov 16

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10247 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference8th JSAI International Symposium on AI, JSAI-isAI 2016


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