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Title: Two-Step Approaches to Natural Language Formalisms
Written By: Frank Morawietz
Series Title: Studies in Generative Grammar 64
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This book presents a unified formal approach to various contemporary linguistic formalisms such as Government & Binding, Minimalism or Tree Adjoining Grammar. Through a careful introduction of mathematical techniques from logic, automata theory and universal algebra, the book aims at graduate students and researchers who want to learn more about tightly constrained logical approaches to natural language syntax. Therefore it features a complete and well illustrated introduction to the connection between declarative approaches formalized in monadic second-order logic (MSO) and generative ones formalized in various forms of automata as well as of tree grammars.

Since MSO logic (on trees) yields only context-free languages, and at least the last two of the formalisms mentioned above clearly belong to the class of mildly context-sensitive formalisms, it becomes necessary to deal with the problem of the descriptive complexity of the formalisms involved in another way. The proposed genuinely new two-step approach overcomes this limitation of MSO logic while still retaining the desired tightly controlled formal properties.


From the Contents

I Introduction
1 Overview
2 Technical preliminaries

II The Classical Approach - Using MSO Logic as a Description Language for Natural Language Syntax
3 Model-theoretic syntax and monadic second-order logic
4 Finite-state devices
5 Decidability and definability
6 Applications
7 Intermediate conclusion

III Two Steps Are Better Than One - Extending the Use of MSO Logic to Non-Context-Free Linguistic Formalisms
8 Overview of the two-step approach
9 Non-context-freeness of natural language
10 The first step: Lifting
11 The second step: Reconstruction

IV Conclusion and Outlook

V Appendix


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Publication Year: 2003
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