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Formal Grammar 2003

Aims and Scope

FG is a series of conferences on Formal Grammar, held in conjunction with the European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information, which takes place yearly in Europe. FG provides a forum for the presentation of new and original research on formal grammar, with particular regard to the application of formal methods to natural language analysis.
Themes of interest include, but are not limited to,

  • formal and computational phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics;
  • model-theoretic and proof-theoretic methods in linguistics;
  • constraint-based and resource-sensitive approaches to grammar;
  • learnability of formal grammar;
  • the integration of stochastic and symbolic models of grammar;
  • foundational, methodological and architectural issues in grammar.

Editors' note

FG-2003 took place with ESSLLI 2003 in Vienna, Austria on August 16-17, 2003. This year's conference included 11 contributed papers covering, as usual, a wide range of topics in formal grammar. In addition to the papers included in this volume, the conference also featured two invited talks by

Walter Daelemans, University of Antwerp and Tilburg University
Exemplar-based Language Models
Geoffrey Pullum, University of California, Santa Cruz
Issues in Formalizing an Informal Descriptive Grammar: Supplementary Constituents in English
We are grateful to the members of the Program Committee for their help in reviewing and ranking the twenty four submissions. We are indebted to all the authors who submitted papers to the meeting, and to all participants in the Conference.


The Proceedings are available as one PDF file and as individual chapters:

  • Front matter and index (PDF)
  • Denis Béchet. k-Valued Link Grammars are Learnable from Strings (PDF)
  • David Chiang. MCSGs for Estimating Maximum Entropy Parsing Models (PDF)
  • Lionel Clément and Alexandra Kinyon. Automating the Generation of an LFG (PDF)
  • Berthold Crysmann. An Asymmetric Theory of Peripheral Sharing in HPSG (PDF)
  • Alexander Dikovsky. Discourse Plans and Linguistic Meaning (PDF)
  • Daniela Dudau-Sofronie, Isabelle Tellier, Marc Tommasi. A Learnable Class of Classical Categorial Grammars (PDF)
  • Hans-Martin Gärtner and Jens Michaelis. A Note on Countercyclicity and Minimalist Grammars (PDF)
  • Stephan Kepser and Uwe Mönnich. Graph Properties of HPSG Feature Structures (PDF)
  • Jan-Philipp Soehn and Manfred Sailer. At First Blush on Tenterhooks. (PDF)
  • Beata Trawiński. A New Application for Raising in HPSG: Complex Prepositions (PDF)
  • Anssi Yli-Jyrä. Regular Approximations through Labeled Bracketing (PDF)

Program Committee

  • Gosse Bouma (Groningen, NL)
  • Chris Brew (Ohio State, US)
  • Miriam Butt (Manchester, UK)
  • Philippe de Groote (Nancy, FR)
  • Maarten de Rijke (Amsterdam, NL)
  • Mark Hepple (Sheffield, UK)
  • Ruth Kempson (London, UK)
  • András Kornai (Northern Light, US)
  • Geert-Jan Kruijff (Saarbrücken, DE)
  • Guido Minnen (Motorola, US)
  • Uwe Mönnich (Tübingen, DE)
  • Michael Moortgat (Utrecht, NL)
  • Mark-Jan Nederhof (Groningen, NL)
  • James Rogers (Earlham, US)
  • Anoop Sarkar (Simon Fraser, CA)

Organizing committee

  • Gerhard Jaeger, University of Potsdam
  • Paola Monachesi, OTS Utrecht
  • Gerald Penn, University of Toronto
  • Shuly Wintner, University of Haifa

Proceedings of Formal Grammar, http://cslipublications.stanford.edu/FG/
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