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ERIC Number: ED309626
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 14
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Minimal Commitment Parsing: Two Examples from Mandarin.
Gorrell, Paul; Chen, Qiming
Issues in syntactic processing, that aspect of the human sentence comprehension mechanism that recovers a syntactic structure for a given word string, are discussed. In particular, two structural ambiguities in Mandarin Chinese are examined and their successful parsing within the framework of minimal parsing models is discussed. Recent work investigating structural ambiguity in English is then related to the analysis of the Mandarin Chinese examples. As a result of the analysis, it is concluded that with this parsing design, the parser's response to structural ambiguity minimizes the need for reanalysis, computes multiple analyses based on available lexical and syntactic information, delays commitment to a unique analysis if sufficient information is unavailable, and does not postpone commitment if lexical material is left unlicensed or unstructured. The model, therefore, constrains both the parser's capacity for computing multiple analyses and its capacity for delaying commitment to a particular analysis. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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