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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: Robust parsing with weighted constraints
Author: Kilian Foth
Institution: Universität Hamburg
Author: Wolfgang Menzel
Institution: Universität Hamburg
Author: Ingo Schröder
Institution: Universität Hamburg
Linguistic Field: Computational Linguistics
Abstract: Based on constraint optimization techniques, an architecture for robust parsing of natural language utterances has been developed. The resulting system is able to combine possibly contradicting evidence from a variety of information sources, using a plausibility-based arbitration procedure to derive fairly rich structural representations, comprising aspects of syntax, semantics and other description levels of language. The results of a series of experiments are reported which demonstrate the high potential for robust behaviour with respect to ungrammaticality, incomplete utterances, and temporal pressure.

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This article appears in Natural Language Engineering Vol. 11, Issue 1, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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