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Formal Issues in Lexical-Functional Grammar

edited by Mary Dalrymple, Ronald M. Kaplan, John T. Maxwell III, and Annie Zaenen,

Lexical-Functional Grammar was first developed by John Bresnan and Ronald M. Kaplan in the late 1970s, and was designed to serve as a medium for expressing and explaining important generalizations about the syntax of human languages and thus to serve as a vehicle for independent linguistic research. An equally improtant goal was to provide a restricted, mathmematically tractable notation that could be interpreted by psychologically plausibile and computationally efficient processing mechanism. The Formal architecture of LFG provides a simple set of devices for describing the common properties of all human languages and the particular properties of individual languages.

This volume presents work conducted over the past several years at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Stanford University, and elsewhere. The different sections link mathematical and computational issues and the analysis of particular linguistic phenomena in areas such as wh-constructions, anaphoric binding, word order and coordination.

Mary Dalrymple and John T. Maxwell III are researchers in the Natural Language Theory and Technology group at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. Ronald M. Kaplan is the director of that group at the and a Xerox Research Fellow. Annie Zaenen is the director of the Multilingual Technology and Theory area in the Grenoble Laboratory of the Rank Xerox Research Centre, France. Dalrymple, Kaplan, and Zaenen are also consulting faculty members in the Linguistics Department at Stanford University.


  • Contributors
  • Introduction
  • Part I Formal Architecture
    • 1 The Formal Architecture of Lexical-Functional Grammar Ronald M. Kaplan
    • 2 Lexical-Functional Grammar: A Formal System for Grammatical Representation Ronald M. Kaplan and Joan Bresnan
  • Part II Nonlocal Dependencies
    • 3 Long-distance Dependencies, Constituent Structure, and Functional Uncertainty Ronald M. Kaplan and Annie Zaenen
    • 4 Modeling Syntactic Constraints on Anaphoric Binding Mary Darlrymple, John T. Maxwell III, and Annie Zaenen
    • 5 An Algorithm for Functional Uncertainty Ronald M. Kaplan and John T. Maxwell III
    • 6 Constituent Coordination in Lexical-Functional Grammar Ronald M. Kapla and John T. Maxwell III
  • Part III Word Order
    • 7 Formal Devices for Linguistic Generalizations: West Germanic Word Order in LFG Annie Zaenen and Ronald M. Kaplan
    • 8 Linear Order, Syntacic Rank, and Empty Categories: On Weak Crossover Joan Bresnan
  • Part IV Semantics and Translation
    • 9 Projections and Semantic Description in Lexical-Functional Grammar Per-Kristian Halvorsen and Ronald M. Kaplan
    • 10 Situation Semantics and Semantic Interpretation Per-Kristian Halvorsen
    • 11 Translation by Structural Correspondences Ronald M. Kaplan, Klaus Netter, Jürgen Wedekind and Annie Zaenen
  • Part V Mathematical and Computational Issues
    • 12 Three Seductions of Computational Psycholinguistics Ronald M. Kaplan
    • 13 Logic and Feature Structures Mark Johnson
    • 14 A Method for Disjunctive Constraint Satisfaction John T. Maxwell III and Ronald M. Kaplan
    • 15 The Interface between Phrasal and Functional Constraints John T. Maxwell III and Ronald M. Kaplan
  • Name Index
  • Subject Index


ISBN (Paperback): 1881526364 (9781881526360)
ISBN (Cloth): 1881526372 (9781881526377)
ISBN (Electronic): 1575869551 (9781575869551)

Subject: Linguistics; Lexical-Functional Grammar (LFG)

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