Learning Syntax via Decomposition

Marina Ermolaeva
Many patterns found in natural language syntax have multiple possible explanations or structural descriptions. Even within the currently dominant Minimalist theoretical framework (Chomsky 1995, 2000), it is not uncommon to encounter multiple analyses for the same phenomenon proposed in the literature. A natural question, then, is whether one could evaluate and compare syntactic proposals from a quantitative point of view. Taking this line of reasoning further, I aim to capture, formalize, and subsequently automate the...
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