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Treebank-based acquisition of LFG resources for Chinese

Guo, Yuqing and van Genabith, Josef and Wang, Haifeng (2007) Treebank-based acquisition of LFG resources for Chinese. In: Lexical Functional Grammar 2007, 28-30 July 2007, California, USA.

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This paper presents a method to automatically acquire wide-coverage, robust, probabilistic Lexical-Functional Grammar resources for Chinese from the Penn Chinese Treebank (CTB). Our starting point is the earlier, proofof- concept work of (Burke et al., 2004) on automatic f-structure annotation, LFG grammar acquisition and parsing for Chinese using the CTB version 2 (CTB2). We substantially extend and improve on this earlier research as regards coverage, robustness, quality and fine-grainedness of the resulting LFG resources. We achieve this through (i) improved LFG analyses for a number of core Chinese phenomena; (ii) a new automatic f-structure annotation architecture which involves an intermediate dependency representation; (iii) scaling the approach from 4.1K trees in CTB2 to 18.8K trees in CTB version 5.1 (CTB5.1) and (iv) developing a novel treebank-based approach to recovering non-local dependencies (NLDs) for Chinese parser output. Against a new 200-sentence good standard of manually constructed f-structures, the method achieves 96.00% f-score for f-structures automatically generated for the original CTB trees and 80.01%for NLD-recovered f-structures generated for the trees output by Bikel’s parser.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:lexical functional grammar; Chinese;
Subjects:Computer Science > Machine translating
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > National Centre for Language Technology (NCLT)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
Published in:Proceedings of the LFG07 Conference. . CSLI Publications.
Publisher:CSLI Publications
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Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
Funders:Science Foundation Ireland, SFI 04/IN/I527
ID Code:15202
Deposited On:17 Feb 2010 14:31 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 27 Apr 2010 14:19

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