Accession Number : ADA190225

Title :   Conditional Descriptions in Functional Unification Grammar.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MARINA DEL REY INFORMATION SCIENCES INST

Personal Author(s) : Kasper, Robert

PDF Url : ADA190225

Report Date : Nov 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : Often, a grammatical description only applies to a linguistic object when that object has certain features. Such conditional descriptions can be indirectly modeled in Kay's Functional Unification Grammar (FUG) with functional descriptions that are embedded within disjunctive alternatives. An extension to FUG is proposed that allows for a direct representation of conditional descriptions. This extension has been used to model the input conditions on the systems of systemic grammar. Conditional descriptions are formally defined in terms of logical implication and negation. This formal definition enables the use of conditional descriptions as a general notational extension to any of the unification-based grammar representation systems currently used in computational linguistics. Keywords: Natural language; Artificial intelligence; Parsing; Syntax.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTATIONAL LINGUISTICS, *GRAMMARS, *PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES, *ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, INPUT, LINGUISTICS, PARSERS, SYNTAX

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Linguistics
      Cybernetics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE