Semantic compositionality

Nerbonne J. nerbonne at let.rug.nl
Wed Sep 10 11:15:29 EST 2003


I've found Wlodek Zadrozny's papers on this clarifying.

@inproceedings(zadrozny:92,
	      author    = {Wlodek Zadrozny},
	      title     = {On Compositionality},
	      booktitle = {Proc. of {COLING} '92},
	      publisher = {{ACL}},
	      address   = {Nantes},
	      pages     = {260-266},	
	      year      = {1992}
	      )

@article(zadrozny:94,
	    author    = {Wlodek Zadrozny},
	    title     = {From Compositional to Systematic Semantics},
            journal   = "Linguistics and Philosophy",
            volume    = "17",
            number    = "4",
            pages     = "329-342",
            year      = "1994"
	      )

And I showed how non-compositional treatments (in the pretheoretical sense)
could be effected in HPSG.  But I emphasized a processing perspective --
that one might wish to calculate semantics in a noncompositional
fashion even if a compositional treatment were theoretically possible.
One might prefer a left-right incremental computation, for example.

@incollection(nerbonne:96a,
	      author    = {John Nerbonne},
	      title     = {Computational Semantics---Linguistics and
                               Processing},
	      booktitle = {Handbook of Contemporary Semantic Theory},
	      publisher = {Blackwell Publishers},
	      address   = {London},
	      editor    = {Shalom Lappin},
	      pages     = {459-82},	
	      year      = {1996}
	      )

--John N.

On Wednesday 10 September 2003 17:43, Paul Kay wrote:
> You might start with either Kay, P. English subjectless tagged
> sentences. Language 78, 456-481 (2002), or Ginsburg J. and I Sag
> Interrogative Investigations...CSLI (2000) and work backwards through the
> references.  There has been a lot of work in HPSG and in Construction
> Grammar on precisely this issue -- if I have understood your question
> correctly.  An early and informal approach to this problem is Fillmore, et
> al. Regularity and idiomaticity in grammatical constructions...Langauge
> 64, 501-538 (1988).
>
> Paul
>
> On Wed, 10 Sep 2003, [iso-8859-1] soma paul wrote:
> > Can someone inform me if any work is available on
> > semantic non-compostionality.  THat is, a phrase is
> > built and its sematnics cannot be computed by applying
> > semantic conpositionality principle.
> >
> > soma
> >
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