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Hard constraints for grammatical function labelling

Seeker, Wolfgang and Rehbein, Ines and Kuhn, Jonas and van Genabith, Josef (2010) Hard constraints for grammatical function labelling. In: ACL 2010 - 48th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 11-16 July 2010, Uppsala, Sweden.

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For languages with (semi-) free word order (such as German), labelling grammatical functions on top of phrase-structural constituent analyses is crucial for making them interpretable. Unfortunately, most statistical classifiers consider only local information for function labelling and fail to capture important restrictions on the distribution of core argument functions such as subject, object etc., namely that there is at most one subject (etc.) per clause. We augment a statistical classifier with an integer linear program imposing hard linguistic constraints on the solution space output by the classifier, capturing global distributional restrictions. We show that this improves labelling quality, in particular for argument grammatical functions, in an intrinsic evaluation, and, importantly, grammar coverage for treebankbased (Lexical-Functional) grammar acquisition and parsing, in an extrinsic evaluation.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Subjects:Computer Science > Computational linguistics
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for Next Generation Localisation (CNGL)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
Published in:Proceedings of the 48th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. . Association for Computational Linguistics.
Publisher:Association for Computational Linguistics
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Copyright Information:© 2010 Association for Computational Linguistics
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
Funders:Science Foundation Ireland
ID Code:15988
Deposited On:08 Dec 2010 13:47 by Shane Harper. Last Modified 08 Dec 2010 13:47

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