LINGUIST List 10.1726

Sat Nov 13 1999

Sum: Query:10.1395 Debugging Computational Grammars

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  1. Alberto Lavelli, for Query: 10.1395 Debugging Computational Grammars

Message 1: for Query: 10.1395 Debugging Computational Grammars

Date: Sat, 13 Nov 1999 18:15:57 +0100 (MET)
From: Alberto Lavelli <>
Subject: for Query: 10.1395 Debugging Computational Grammars

Dear colleagues,

at the end of September I posted a query about references to the
problem of debugging computational grammars (LINGUIST List volume

First of all, I would like to thank all the people who responded to my
query: Gertjan van Noord, Bill Mann, Bill Fisher, Carolyn P. Rose, Ted
E. Dunning, Jean-Luc Cochard, Detmar Meurers, David McDonald,
Norbert Broeker, Shuly Wintner, Miriam Butt, Sascha Brawer, John
Carroll, John Maxwell, Stephan Oepen.

Unfortunately, I have not yet been able to assemble a structured and
coherent summary of the responses I received. I hope to do it very
soon. In the meanwhile I post a preliminary list of projects and URLs
relevant for the issue of grammar debugging (list extracted from the
responses received and through browsing on Internet).


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 - [incr tsdb()] - Competence and Performance Laboratory: Saarbruecken
 - ConTroll: Tuebingen
 - LFG Grammar Writer's Workbench: Xerox PARC
 - LKB: CSLI (Stanford)
 - PARGRAM: Stuttgart, Xerox PARC & Xerox Research Centre Europe (Grenoble)
 - XLE: Xerox PARC

 - TSNLP, EU project (1993-1995)
 - DiET, EU project (1997-1999)

 - SFB 340 - project B12 "Methods for extending, maintaining and
 optimizing a large grammar of German": Stuttgart
 - Geppetto (Grammar Toolbox Prototype): IRST (Trento)
 - Hdrug: Groningen
 - Pleuk Grammar Development Shell: Edinburgh
 - XTAG: UPenn

 - ACL/EACL97 Workshop on Computational Environments for Grammar
 Development and Linguistic Engineering


Miriam Butt, Tracy Holloway King, Maria-Eugenia Nino, Frederique
Segond. A Grammar Writer's Cookbook. Stanford, CA: CSLI Lecture
Notes 95, CSLI Publications, 1999.

Bran Boguraev, John Carroll, Ted Briscoe, Claire Grover. Software
support for practical grammar development. In Proceedings of
COLING-88, 1988.

Jo Calder. On aligning trees. In Proceedings of the Second Conference
on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing, Brown University,
August 1-2 1997.

Jo Calder. How to build a (quite general) linguistic diagram
editor. In Proceedings of the ACL/COLING98 Workshop on Content
Visualization and Intermedia Representations, 1998.

Jean-Luc Cochard. Un environnement d'analyse linguistique
robuste. CPD version 1.7. IDIAP, Martigny, Switzerland, Octobre 1992.

Flickinger, D., Oepen, S., Uszkoreit, H., and Tsujii J. (Eds.).
Journal of Natural Language Engineering. Special Issue on Efficient
Processing with HPSG: Methods, Systems, Evaluation, forthcoming.

Mark-Jan Nederhof. Efficient generation of random sentences. Natural
Language Engineering 2(1), 1996.

Stephan Oepen, Dan P. Flickinger. Towards Systematic Grammar
Profiling. Test Suite Technology Ten Years After. Journal of
Computer Speech and Language 12(4):411-435. Special Issue on
Evaluation (June 1998).

Shuly Wintner and Nissim Francez. Efficient Implementation of
Unification-Based Grammars. Journal of Language and Computation,
1(1):53-92, April 1999 (available at

Shuly Wintner, Nissim Francez, and Evgeniy Gabrilovich. AMALIA - a
unified platform for parsing and generation. In Ruslan Mitkov,
Nicolas Nicolov, and Nikolai Nikolov, editors, Recent Advances in
Natural Language Processing, pages 135-142, Tzigov Chark, Bulgaria,
September 1997 (available at
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