Dynamic syntax group
It is composed of a group of researchers based mainly in:
- the Interaction, Media & Communication group (IMC) at the Computer Science Department, Queen Mary, University of London; and
- with collaboration with other researchers elsewhere (Edinburgh, SOAS, Stanford).
Dynamic Syntax is a grammar formalism designed to reflect directly the time-linear dimension
of natural language processing.
The framework centers on LOFT
(Blackburn & Meyer-Viol 1994; pdf 316 KB), a modal logic describing finite trees, which is used to define concepts of structural growth for characterising how interpretations of strings, expressed as a decorated tree structures, is gradually developed on a word-by-word basis.
Dynamic Syntax has been applied to a range of natural language phenomena, exploring in particular the interaction between anaphora resolution, ellipsis and structural forms of underspecification in natural-language interpretation. It has been shown to provide a natural basis for expressing typologies of relative clause structures, left-periphery structures, and wh-questions. It has also been applied successfully in the analysis and modelling of various dialogue phenomena. Development of the framework has been funded by ESRC, EPSRC, Leverhulme and AHRC.
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