syntax: functional vs generative

Salinas17 at Salinas17 at
Tue Jun 2 02:28:03 UTC 2009

In a message dated 6/1/09 1:37:24 PM, at writes:
<<a functional approach would translate much better to computational 
linguistics e.g. finite state grammars>>

Oh, my.   "Computational linguistics" doesn't really have much to do these 
days with that old Chomskayan contrivance, finite state grammars.   Though 
the field has a lot of variety, the matters of artificial language and 
artificial language tend to underline the insufficiencies of syntax in natural 
language, not the other way around.   Although knowing generative formalism is 
probably mandatory to credentials, it is becoming less and less useful to 
imitating human language in computers.

steve long

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