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Can anyone overtake Syntax in the Subfield Challenge ?

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Title: Re: A Challenge to the Minimalist Community
Submitter: Martha McGinnis
Description:  Unfortunately though, a great many responses to our challenge
 from the P&P/MP community have involved various attempts to
 argue that our challenge is irrelevant to the goals of that
 version of theoretical syntax. This does not suggest to us
 that there is any widespread desire to play together.

On the contrary, it is Charles Yang and I who have noted the
desirability of collaboration, and Sproat and Lappin who have
sidestepped the suggestion. Most syntacticians who have posted
responses have made it clear that in practical terms it would be
impossible for us to undertake such a project without collaboration.

Remember, Sproat and Lappin began the discussion, not by offering
to play together, but by declaring that Minimalism/P&P can't be taken
seriously until it produces a large-scale trainable parser. It's not
surprising that many people's first reaction was to refute this
assertion. If the suggestion had been to play together, the response
would have been very different. And indeed, if there are any
computational linguists who are actually interested in pursuing Sproat
and Lappin's project (as Sproat and Lappin themselves apparently are
not), I imagine there are many Minimalist syntacticians who would be
willing to help out.


Dr. Martha McGinnis, Assistant Professor
Linguistics Department, University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW, Calgary AB T2N 1N4
phone: (403) 220-6119 fax: (403) 282-3880
Date Posted: 17-May-2005
Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Discipline of Linguistics
LL Issue: 16.1580
Posted: 17-May-2005

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